Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook announces Oculus Quest, its first all-in-one VR gaming system

Facebook announces Oculus Quest, its first all-in-one VR gaming system

The standalone virtual reality headset, introduced by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerburg during the Oculus Connect 5 keynote on Wednesday, operates without phones or cables and will sell for $399.

It also uses "four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your exact position in real time without any external sensor", so you won't even be locked to a single room while playing.

Oculus Quest is set to ship in Spring 2019, for a price of $399 (including the touch controllers). Shipping is slated to begin next spring, and we're certain to hear more about the latest tweaks and titles in the months leading up to its release. It will also include a pair of controllers to bring both of your hands into VR. Insight gives you a greater sense of immersion, presence, and mobility, plus the ability to go beyond room-scale.

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Project Santa Cruz, the upcoming standalone VR HMD from the crew at Oculus.

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One of the biggest barriers to entry for VR so far has been the price. 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. That means no wires, no computer connectivity, and no additional components required. Oculus may have led with the Rift, but the company appears much more interested in pushing the idea of standalone VR. On top of that, Oculus Venues is adding more live music, more movie marathons, and more standup comedy, plus you'll now be able to watch select National Basketball Association games in Venues later this year. "This is the all-in-one VR headset that we have been waiting for".

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Facebook has invested heavily in VR hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, will move from a niche interest to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications.

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