Facebook announces new Oculus Quest Standalone VR Headset

Yesterday at Oculus Connect in San Jose, Facebook unveiled a new standalone virtual reality headset, the Oculus Quest. Calling it their first “all-in-one VR gaming system,” the Quest will not require a connected PC. It will include two Touch controllers (similar to the Oculus Rift), as well as provide six degrees of freedom (the ability to look and move in any direction in a virtual environment).

Priced at $399, the Quest will be available in Spring 2019 (no specific date announced yet). It will have the same resolution as Oculus Go: 1,600 x 1,440 pixels per eye, and include 64GB of onboard storage. It will use “inside-out” positional tracking via the use of four external cameras on the headset itself.

According to Facebook, the Quest completes their first generation of headsets:

With the introduction of Oculus Quest, we’ve completed our first generation of best-in-class VR headsets. Oculus Go remains the easiest and most affordable way to get into VR, while Oculus Rift leverages the power of your PC to push the limits of what’s possible. Thanks to Oculus Quest, we’re now able to combine the best of both worlds and welcome even more people into the VR community.

The new headset was previously known as “Santa Cruz” in earlier demos. More information is available at the Oculus website.



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