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Standalone Oculus Quest VR Headset Arrives Next Spring

28 September, 2018, 18:24 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
  • Oculus Quest announced: a wireless VR headset for $399

The face-worn gadget, previously known as 'Project Santa Cruz', will offer six degrees of freedom (6DoF) and, like the Oculus Go, won't require a PC, smartphone or external tracking sensors.

The Oculus Quest will launch in the spring of 2019 for US$399 for a 64GB model.

So far, VR hasn't caught on.

Oculus Quest will also feature two redesigned controllers that have been fitted with touchpad control. Oculus Quest is powered by Oculus Insight, Facebook's breakthrough technology that powers inside-out tracking, Guardian, and Touch controller tracking.

Oculus, along with other big players in VR, are all desperately trying to get more users into headsets and enthralled within virtual reality.

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That's the same price as Oculus' current Rift bundle, £100 less than a Vive, and a whopping £400 less than a Vive Pro, and that's not including the relatively high-end PC you'd need to power them.

And yes, that includes new hardware: the $399 wireless Oculus Quest VR headset. The built-in audio is improved from the Go, with deeper bass.

The Oculus Quest will complete the first generation of Oculus products.

"And so we hope that part of what happens is people experience VR, whether it's on Go or something like that, and then they say, "Hey, I really want the are in my life" and go out and buy an Oculus device". It uses a total of four cameras in the headset to track the space around you, along with the controllers. The Quest will most certainly be running a more powerful processor than the Snapdragon 821 featured in the Go, but again, we don't yet know which processor will be included.

Unfortunately, the Oculus Quest isn't quite ready for the prime time just yet. 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. This figure is well under what many VR fans expected the standalone HMD to cost, particularly in knowing that the headset is aiming for Rift-quality experiences.

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