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Introducing Oculus Quest: a no-compromises standalone VR headset

27 September, 2018, 06:58 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset.                  Screenshot by Scott Stein  CNET

Oculus vice president Hugo Barra said Quest combined the capabilities of Rift and the portability of Go, the current headgear in the company's lineup, with a strong focus on games. Performance hardware will likewise be built into the headset, removing the need for a PC and any cables running from the headset.

"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.

Oculus promised 50 game titles available at launch, including "Vader Immortal" which will let Quest users play through the opening episode of a new virtual reality experience set in a castle of infamous "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader. The device features positional inside-out tracking, as well as tracking for the hand controllers.

The Oculus Quest was unveiled today during a conference at Oculus Connect 5 and will release sometime in Spring 2019.


Getting to that future might take a while: Zuckerberg began his presentation by cheerfully noting that Oculus isn't even 1% to his goal of a billion VR users worldwide. Games and software designed for Quest, and future Oculus headsets, will still work on the original Rift. Insight gives you a greater sense of immersion, presence, and mobility, plus the ability to go beyond room-scale.

But with the new Oculus Quest, Facebook thinks it has something to solve some of VR's big issues.

The Quest has some improvements over the Go, including better position tracking through four wide-angle cameras. Today, the company followed up that announcement with a second, more expensive headset meant to drive a higher class of experience.

Though Australian pricing hasn't been announced yet, in USA dollars that's the same price as Oculus' current Rift bundle, $US100 ($138) less than a Vive, and a whopping $US400 ($551) less than a Vive Pro, and that isn't including the relatively high-end PC you'd need to power them.

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