Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset

Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a new virtual reality headset, the Oculus Quest, that he is hoping will jumpstart the nascent VR industry that has yet to catch on with mainstream consumers.

Oculus, along with other big players in VR, are all desperately trying to get more users into headsets and enthralled within virtual reality. "The standalone VR device will be the first wireless Oculus hardware to sport positional tracking, both for the headset itself and the dual hand controllers", TechCrunch writes. Included with the package are an Oculus Go headset, Touch controllers, as well as six degrees of freedom (6DOF) functionality. Facebook is still quite tight-lipped about the new hardware, though the company says the new Quest headset will feature the same 1600×1400 resolution display per eye. And for those that are anxious they could potentially bump into their furniture while playing, the Oculus Quest will also support Guardian, which will allow users to set up virtual barriers. This self-contained VR unit sits between the fantastic Oculus Go and the two-and-a-half-year-old Oculus Rift.

Oculus Quest is slated to retail for $399 for the 64GB model, prices and other storage sizes are yet to be revealed.

The Oculus Quest uses the same lenses as the Oculus Go, which do a better job of eliminating god rays compared to the lenses on the Rift.

Zuckerberg said a speed bump on the road to adoption that Quest was meant to solve was making VR more convenient and portable.

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The VR system supports inside-out tracking, and makes use of four ultra wide-angle sensors for real-time positioning in a virtual world (meaning that you can walk around instead of standing still).

The company is saying Oculus Quest will be available in Spring 2019 at a price starting at $399.

VR is highly-demanding, and requires high framerates, usually above 90fps, to stay nausea-free.

Originally codenamed Santa Cruz, the Quest is the high-end, standalone VR headset it's been teasing since 2016.

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