The Oculus Quest Is Real: Facebook Promises $US400 Standalone VR This Autumn

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27 September, 2018

In addition to the new hardware, the VR headset maker announced that its mobile app now supports the Oculus Rift, and that Oculus Go will soon gain access to YouTube VR's full library.

Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset, promising you can play high-end games without the need for a powerful PC to run them. It includes four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your position in the real world without any need of external sensors. When it comes to optics, the Oculus Quest uses the same system found in the Oculus Go, which means that you get a resolution of 1600x1440 per eye.

The device will be available in Spring 2019 for $399.

"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", writes the Oculus team. Be sure to let us know in the comments section which announcement you're most excited about, and let us know if you plan of picking up an Oculus Quest when it releases.

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Called the Oculus Quest, this VR headset will provide six degrees of freedom and will come with Oculus Touch wireless controllers.

The next generation of Oculus VR is called Oculus Quest, a standalone HMD with hand tracking and 6DOF. We'll believe that when we see it, too.

Right now, it's a little unclear what the future of VR looks like in the PC space. Notably absent was the Gear VR headset, which was created through a partnership with Samsung and Oculus. There are tracking issues to be solved, the configuration takes a fair bit of room, and it's very much a first-generation type of solution. 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. At the very least, it offers a simpler, faster way to jump into gaming.


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