Zuckerberg took to Instagram to tease an announcement for… something… ahead of its big Quest Gaming Showcase tomorrow. Signs are pointing to Quest 3.

We have no insider info on what might be behind the countdown clock on Zuckerberg’s Instagram story, but the obvious guess is it could be our first look at Quest 3.

Quest 3 recently got a somewhat mysterious hands-on preview from, as far as we can tell, only a single reporter—Mark Gurman. That just happens to be the same reporter that’s been leading the charge in recent months with apparent insider info about Apple’s rumored headset that’s expected to be announced next week.

Zuckerberg’s countdown teaser takes us to 7AM on June 1st, the same day as the Quest Gaming Showcase, the company’s biggest annual event for VR game reveals. And in the background of the photo we can see a view of Zuckerberg’s feet, apparently from a camera on the device that he’s holding.

Image courtesy Mark Zuckerberg

With Meta having cancelled other hardware products like its Portal smart video speakers, it’s hard to imagine what else Zuckerberg would be physically holding other than a new hardware product.

It would certainly make sense for Meta to offer a glimpse of Quest 3. Apple’s rumored headset announcement is expected in just a few days. Meanwhile, Quest 2 is now nearly three years old, which might make an Apple headset look especially new and shiny to Questers looking for the next big thing.

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In any case, tomorrow promises to be a big day for Quest gaming news, and maybe more. Stay tuned.

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  • ViRGiN

    No matter how potentially disappointing, it will never ever be as bad as “steamvr fest” lol

  • Cl

    It’s a paper airplane

  • Bram

    After Bloomberg’s ‘nothing has improved in the visuals’, they have to raise the expectations

    • Nevets

      After Bloomberg’s report of “lifelike” colour passthrough, expectations relating to this highly novel and as-yet unexplored use case of AR have been thoroughly-raised, especially for an all-in-one device expected to cost no more than $500. (Plus boasting a FOV about twice the size of existing AR glasses like Xreal Air and significantly greater than that of headsets like Magic Leap). If they nail the AR side of it, that will be worth the entry price alone.

    • JanO

      Yeah, this feels like Meta is ready to turn its back on those who brought them where they are (gamers) and hoping to go full penis envy about Apple, like somany other wannabe companies… All this while having totally missed the boat on Quest pro to actually make the case for professional use with a roaster of apps to go along with the suggested use case. It’s already an Android device and they haven’t used that in any meaningful fashion…

      Makes me nervous. I hope I’m wrong, but their messaging is soooo bad it’s more like a series of self inflicted wounds…

      Here’s hoping controller tracking won’t be too bad…

      Hey Meta, if you read this, I sincerly believe I could help!

  • Dragon Marble

    The wording of the tease suggests it’ll be a reveal, not a release.

  • Till Eulenspiegel

    Meta wants to show this off before WWDC, if not – they will be in the shadow of Apple. After John Carmack is gone, there’s little hope left for Meta. AI is more critical for social network businesses than AR/VR, Zuckerberg knew that – and is shifting his attention. Lack of interest will show in these half-ass products.

  • Nevets

    Indeed – they have about two commenters now and almost never any article comments. Granted they want to make money – who can blame them – but this approach is shooting themselves in the foot. You won’t get new readers by denying them a voice, and by the looks of things you won’t keep existing ones either.

  • Raw Power

    So no san andreas vr?