Oculus launches Quest standalone VR headset, eyes mixed reality future

Oculus launches Quest standalone VR headset, eyes mixed reality future

Oculus launches Quest standalone VR headset, eyes mixed reality future

Oculus Quest, which comes with touch controllers and does not need a PC to operate, will be priced at $399, according to the company.

While the announcement of Oculus Quest was certainly eye catching, with the standalone headset set to launch in Spring 2019 for $399 United States dollars, it was the tech making it all possible that made it all the more impressive.

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Some other titles shown off during the keynote included Lone Echo II, Space Junkies, Stormland, Vox Machinae, Project Tennis Scramble, Superhot VR, Face Your Fears 2, Dead & Buried, Deflector, Final Assault, and an entirely new Star Wars project built specifically for Quest called Vader Immortal.

'This isn't a question of whether we are going to get there, it is how, ' Zuckerberg said, while acknowledging the path may be longer than first expected.

How it stacks up: The new headset will be more convenient than its predecessors.

The two-day Connect conference was meant to inspire software makers to help create that ecosystem.

But while gaming is clearly core to Facebook's VR strategy with Oculus headsets, Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's VP of consumer hardware, demoed a workplace scenario that alludes to a mixed reality future-of-work where real world objects are integrated into VR.

'This is all still early, but this is the basic road map'. Last year's version was still using handheld controllers with integrated touch pads, but the final version will ship with controllers that use Oculus Rift-style thumb sticks and buttons. By removing the wires, the headset can let you roam around a room in 360 degrees and get completely immersed in the VR experience. The headset has a display resolution of 1600×1440 per eye.

Zuckerberg also pledged to port many PC-based VR games and apps to the Quest, bringing the device closer to the higher-end PC-based Oculus Rift.

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