Facebook's newest Oculus VR headset is on track for a launch this spring

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  • Facebook plans to launch a new standalone VR headset called Oculus Quest in early 2019.
  • A new FCC filing suggests that the launch is on track.
  • An Oculus representative confirmed that the routine FCC filing is for the Oculus Quest and that it is on track for a spring 2019 launch.
  • Oculus Quest has “inside-out tracking,” which means it can determine where the user is in a room without the need for separate sensors.

It looks like Facebook will soon release the Oculus Quest headset, a virtual reality headset that can track where it is in a room using advanced built-in sensors, a feature called inside-out tracking.

A new FCC filing published on Friday is sparse on details, but it describes a VR headset with the model number “MH-B,” which is similar to the Oculus Go, which is currently on sale.

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Earlier this fall, Facebook announced the Oculus Quest, which had been developed under the code name “Santa Cruz.” Facebook said at the time that it would go on sale in spring 2019 for $US399.

There aren’t a lot of details in the filing, but the limited pictures included do resemble the Oculus Quest. The VR headset has Wifi and Bluetooth radios, according to the filing.

From Facebook’s announcement:

“Offering six degrees of freedom and Touch controllers for true hand presence, Oculus Quest will launch in Spring 2019 for $US399 USD. In past years, we’ve shown you the Santa Cruz prototype, a milestone on the path to Oculus Quest today, and we’re excited to help usher in a new era of VR gaming.”

FCC filings like this typically surface shortly before a company releases a new device that has wireless capabilities. An Oculus representative confirmed that the routine FCC filing is for the Oculus Quest and that it is still on track for a spring 2019 launch.

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