Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Oculus Rift | Change the Game for Just $399

At Oculus Connect today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's next headset: The Oculus Quest. Personalize your Oculus Home and use Dash to navigate through a growing library of made-for-VR titles like Echo Arena, The Unspoken, Raw Data, Superhot VR and more. The device features positional inside-out tracking, as well as tracking for the hand controllers.

Although Zuckerberg unveiled the Quest on Wednesday, it won't be available until next spring, for US$399. As we previously reported, the device will ship with Touch Controllers like the ones found on the Oculus Rift, and it features all of the necessary sensors in the headset itself, completely ditching the need for cables (aside from charging, of course). But to track your position, the headset has four "ultra-light" sensors on the headset's edges, which can register your position in a room relative to your surroundings. Take Multiplayer to the next level in VR when you battle in Brass Tactics or form a team in MARVEL Powers United VR. The headset has a display resolution of 1600×1440 per eye.

But what should be especially interesting for VR developers is the headset's Insight system, which is promising more flexible headset tracking that creates possibilities for virtual reality experiences outside of the traditional roomscale size.

In other news from the annual conference, the Rift, Oculus' original hardware, is now included in the Oculus app, which formerly only served the Go.

The Oculus Quest is a standalone headset like the Oculus Go but offers a similar experience to what you'll get on the PC-tethered Oculus Rift.

"We have this saying at Facebook that the journey is only 1 percent finished, and in this case, not even quite", Zuckerberg said, drawing laughs from the audience. No wires, no connected laptops or phones, just a headset, and two controllers... that's the dream that the Oculus Quest promises.

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