Facebook announces new Oculus Quest VR headset

Facebook announces new Oculus Quest VR headset

Facebook announces new Oculus Quest VR headset

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg officially debuted the wireless headset he calls the conclusion of the first generation of Oculus VR, a generation that includes the company's standalone Oculus Go and PC-powered Oculus Rift headsets.

Oculus Quest will launch in Spring 2019 for $399 Dollars. It will ship with 50 plus launch titles and Oculus Touch controllers.

Imagine this VR experience. Performance hardware will likewise be built into the headset, removing the need for a PC and any cables running from the headset.

The Quest, according to Zuckerberg, hits all three of these beats.

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The headset offers entirely self-contained virtual reality with no PC connection or external tracking devices needed whatsoever. And yes, there's lens-spacing adjustments. The technology looks for edges, corners, and any other distinct feature in the environment to generate a point map of the users location, creating an estimate every millisecond of where their head is.

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. These sensors also allow Quest to go beyond roomscale, with Oculus saying it can go into a 4,000 square feet room. Games and software designed for Quest, and future Oculus headsets, will still work on the original Rift. The Quest is an "all-in-one" VR gaming system, and it's launching in the spring of next year, and it'll sell for $399, putting it in a very different category of the $199 Oculus Go.

The Quest has some improvements over the Go, including better position tracking through four wide-angle cameras. And today, we're announcing a new, experimental technology to help developers bring their traditional desktop apps to VR: Hybrid Apps. It showed off a quick demo of someone using the device to view a digital version of their room and get Facebook Messenger notifications.

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