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Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at Oculus Connect 5 to reveal Facebook’s latest roll of the dice in the world of VR – the wire-free Oculus Quest.
The Quest is a $399 standalone VR headset – designed to sit between the PC-powered Oculus Rift (the headset that effectively kickstarted the latest VR revolution) and the mobile-centric Oculus Go.
It packs in plenty of power, and is certainly the heaviest hitting wireless VR headset so far – on paper at least. Facebook didn’t actually mention what processor is running the Quest but it’s understood that it’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor – the same silicon found in the Lenovo Mirage Solo.
What sets the Quest apart from it’s mass-appeal VR headset rivals is the four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms that track your exact position in real time without any external sensors. Facebook calls this tech “Insight” and states that “it gives you a greater sense of immersion, presence, and mobility, plus the ability to go beyond room-scale.”
You’ll also notice the four wide-angle sensors to look for edges, corners or other features in the environment. Those four sensors essentially build a map of the room you’re using the Quest in, estimating the location of your head every millisecond. Facebook says it’s testing it in hundreds of different home spaces so that it can detect as many floors and objects as possible.
“With the introduction of Oculus Quest, we’ve completed our first generation of best-in-class VR headsets. 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. Thanks to Oculus Quest, we’re now able to combine the best of both worlds and welcome even more people into the VR community.
The Quest has the the same optics as the Oculus Go, with a display resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye, and boasts a lens spacing adjustment to help maximize visual comfort. Audio is built into the headset itself and it is compatible with the awesome Oculus Touch Controllers that have made the Rift so much better in recent months.
It’s going on sale in Spring next year for $399 and there are over 50 titles lined up for launch, including the likes of Robo Recall, The Climb, and Moss.
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