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Oculus Quest, Facebook's standalone VR headset, launches next spring for $399

28 September, 2018, 22:45 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Facebook's latest virtual reality headset, the Oculus Quest, is set to hit shelves in the spring of 2019 for $399, the social giant announced this week.

Facebook stresses that this is the first VR system - "one of a kind" - with six degrees of freedom, when the shapes are free to move and turn in different directions in three-dimensional space. "Oculus Quest is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained". And for those that are anxious they could potentially bump into their furniture while playing, the Oculus Quest will also support Guardian, which will allow users to set up virtual barriers.

Using Oculus Quest in the demo, the experience looked like a pencil-traced view of the real world, with virtual objects floating in. There arr no wires and no external sensors. Oculus may have led with the Rift, but the company appears much more interested in pushing the idea of standalone VR. But the Oculus Go and a copycat, budget-priced headset from China's Xiaomi fared reasonably well, IDC said, with 212,000 devices shipped. For starters, the controllers feature tiny infrared LEDs, which are tracked by the cameras in the headset.

Improved sound with deeper bass and support for Touch controllers is also included with the Quest.

Unfortunately, during the Quest's announcement at Oculus Connect 5, Zuckerberg didn't mention what kind of internals or optics the Quest is packing.


The device will launch with 50+ games made specifically for the new hardware, offering "Rift-quality" experiences. "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".

For more on OC5, including the games announced, check out the company's blog in the source link below. You can also connect with others using Oculus Venues just the way you'll meet people if you were at the venue.

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

For all of 2018, IDC predicts shipments of VR headsets and devices built for a similar technology known as augmented reality will increase 31 percent from past year to 4.2 million.

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