Friday, 19 October, 2018

Oculus Announces New Quest Standalone VR Headset at $399

Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset.                  Screenshot by Scott Stein  CNET Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset. Screenshot by Scott Stein CNET
Mandy Jefferson | 27 September, 2018, 06:58

So, to get there, Zuckerberg announced the Oculus Quest, a new $399 VR headset coming in the spring that's created to answer numerous complaints people have about VR technology.

Thanks to four ultra-wide angle sensors built into the front corners of the headset - known officially as Oculus Insight - computer algorithms will be able to track your position in the real world without the need for any external sensors.

Updated Touch controllers that use the same buttons but with a new layout and design for better hand presence will be backwards compatible with the Oculus Rift. Facebook is still quite tight-lipped about the new hardware, though the company says the new Quest headset will feature the same 1600×1400 resolution display per eye.

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Speaking at the Oculus Connect event in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the new headset will cost $399 and will ship to consumers in the spring of 2019.

Oculus Quest is going to be a big step forward for VR. And it offers a more immersive experience than cheaper wireless headsets, like this year's Oculus Go, by using more advanced sensors and controllers. Naturally this has been taken further to offer a "Multi-Room Guardian" which remembers the layout of rooms for quick and easy use when taking round a friends then coming back home. And presumably we'll see an upgraded Rift-if that's what they're calling headsets that connect to PCs-at some point after the Quest launches. Today, the company followed up that announcement with a second, more expensive headset meant to drive a higher class of experience.

Mark Zuckerberg has admitted his firm's $2bn bet on virtual reality has not gone according to plan. However, due to the form factor, we expect it to be similar to the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Oculus Go, especially given the limited 64GB on-board storage.

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