- Facebook has another major virtual reality headset in the works, the Oculus Quest.
- For $US400, you’ll get a standalone virtual reality headset and two motion controllers.
- The headset arrives on May 21 alongside a few dozen games.
- On the same day, Facebook is launching the next iteration of its Oculus Rift headset.
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Forget about the Oculus Rift – Facebook’s next major virtual reality headset is the Oculus Quest, a $US400 standalone device.
That means no computer, no wires, and no game console required. You set up the headset through a smartphone app, put it on, and you’re in VR.
Facebook announced a May 21 release date for the device on Tuesday and revealed a slew of games set to arrive at launch – over 50 in total, including VR standouts like “Moss” and “Superhot VR.”
Like the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go before it, the Oculus Quest features Facebook’s brand of virtual reality.
Unlike those headsets, Quest is a kind of middle ground between the high-end VR delivered by the Rift and the accessibility of the Oculus Go. Since the Quest is wireless, it’s easy to use anywhere – but it pairs that mobility with higher-end specs than the Oculus Go.
Better still: The Quest has no tracking cameras required for use. Instead, the tracking system is built directly into the headset – so-called “inside out” tracking.
Anyone interested in getting an Oculus Quest can pre-order the device starting on Tuesday, with units expected to arrive on May 21; the headset will otherwise be sold in various retail stores starting on the same day.
Oculus Quest starts at $US400, with 64 GB of storage, and also comes in a $US500 version with 128 GB of storage – both versions come with the Oculus Touch wireless controllers.
For a closer look at the Quest, check out this video from Facebook:
In addition to the Quest, Facebook is launching the next version of its Oculus Rift headset on May 21 – the Rift S headset.
The Rift S also costs $US400, but is intended for use with a PC – it uses wires to connect to a powerful PC, which then powers high-fidelity virtual reality experiences.
The Rift S is capable of delivering a higher-fidelity experience than the original Rift, and it drops the need for external tracking sensors.
Take a look at the Oculus Rift S in action right here:
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