Facebook's Bosworth Previews New Oculus Headset

Joshua Bennett
September 27, 2018

Oculus will include two of the Rift's Touch controllers with the Quest in order to provide a consistent, yet familiar method of interacting with objects in virtual space. This innovative system uses four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your exact position in real time without any external sensors.

Facebook is also working with partners to ensure that a large library of VR games is available to enjoy on the new headset, piggybacking on titles already available on the Rift.

Oculus Quest (previously codenamed Santa Cruz) is similar to the Oculus Go launched past year in that it's an entirely self-contained solution, with no need for an external device like a PC or phone.

Speaking at the Oculus Connect event in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the new headset will cost $399 and will ship to consumers in the spring of 2019.

The Quest looks slightly different than the Santa Cruz, coming with a more curved design than either the Go or Rift.

Oculus today took the wraps off its brand new VR headset, the Oculus Quest. And presumably we'll see an upgraded Rift-if that's what they're calling headsets that connect to PCs-at some point after the Quest launches.

And thanks to the way Oculus Insight works it means that Oculus Quest has "arena-scale" tracking, allowing for gameplay in much larger environments than at home.

Meanwhile, the Oculus Go is getting a content injection through the addition of YouTube's entire library of over 800,000 VR videos.

Mark Zuckerberg has admitted his firm's $2bn bet on virtual reality has not gone according to plan.

Still, with more powerful standalone VR devices and more compelling VR media, Zuckerberg said he is "confident we're going to get there".

The headset will also launch with a brand new Star Wars VR game called Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series.

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