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Oculus Reveals New Flagship Wireless VR Headset

27 September 2018

The Quest is the latest in a line of VR products that meet different needs. Facebook bought Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion, and Zuckerberg has pledged to spend billions of dollars more on VR devices and investments in VR content companies.

The new $399 Oculus Quest headset unveiled at the Facebook unit's developer conference is being aimed at gamers seeking immersion in virtual worlds, with other potential applications likely in the future.

Zuckerberg was at Oculus Connect to announce a new standalone VR headset called Oculus Quest. The device features positional inside-out tracking, as well as tracking for the hand controllers.

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The wireless Oculus Quest offers six degrees of freedom and Touch controllers without the need of an accompanying PC, phone, or any external sensors.

Oculus Quest is expected to launch in the spring of 2019 for $399.

Talking comparisons, the Oculus Quest includes the same screens as seen in the Oculus Go, with a resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye, plus the option to adjust lens spacing.

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The VR system supports inside-out tracking, and makes use of four ultra wide-angle sensors for real-time positioning in a virtual world (meaning that you can walk around instead of standing still). Insight gives you a greater sense of immersion, presence, and mobility, plus the ability to go beyond room-scale.

As for what is powering the damn thing, Oculus told Gizmodo the Quest will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Building a computer that can handle most VR games for the foreseeable future as well as picking up the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive itself can reach prices well over $1000. That's not to say it isn't fun - but from cable management to proper camera placement, there's a lot of fiddling to get right.

The advent of wireless VR with higher performance and better visuals is an easy "gimme", except for the overall level of sustainable graphics performance and the inevitable impact on visuals and battery life. There will be more than 50 games available at launch including popular titles like Robo Recall, Moss and The Climb.

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