Oculus Quest, Facebook's standalone VR headset, launches next spring for $399

Oculus Quest, Facebook's standalone VR headset, launches next spring for $399

Oculus Quest, Facebook's standalone VR headset, launches next spring for $399

Oculus promised 50 game titles available at launch, including "Vader Immortal" which will let Quest users play through the opening episode of a new virtual reality experience set in a castle of infamous "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader.

"Oculus Go remains the easiest and most affordable way to get into VR, while Oculus Rift leverages the power of your PC to push the limits of what's possible", writes the Oculus team.

Earlier this year, Oculus announced the Oculus Go, a $199 standalone headset meant to drive VR experiences to people without the need for wires or smartphones.

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Zuckerberg said that the new Quest device represents the completion of Facebook's family of VR headsets, which includes the Rift and Go headsets. At Oculus Connect 5 (OC5), the new all-in-one Oculus Quest headset debuted with the advertising copy: "This is the VR experience everyone's been waiting for". This uses a combination of four ultra-wide-angle cameras in the headset and computer vision algorithms for tracking the user's exact position in real time without the need for external sensors. Working just like the Rift's controllers, the Quest's hand-held wands track movement, angle, and even force, while providing haptic feedback, in an experience that the company says is the most powerful and unchained VR experience yet! Oculus Quest will have over 50 titles lined up for launch and it will be available in Spring 2019 for $399 United States dollars. 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.

We've heard a bit about Oculus' Project Santa Cruz over the past couple of years. However, due to the form factor, we expect it to be similar to the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Oculus Go, especially given the limited 64GB on-board storage. At the very least, it offers a simpler, faster way to jump into gaming.

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