The Big Thing Facebook Didn't Say About Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset.                  Screenshot by Scott Stein  CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is off to a slow start in his mission to bring virtual reality to the masses, so perhaps it's appropriate his company's next VR headset will be called Quest.

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. The Quest is an "all-in-one" VR gaming system, and it's launching in the spring of next year, and it'll sell for $399, putting it in a very different category of the $199 Oculus Go.

Zuckerberg said that the new Quest device represents the completion of Facebook's family of VR headsets, which includes the Rift and Go headsets. It also comes with built-in audio like the Go, but there's no mention if it will also come with a 3.5mm jack like the Go if you want to use your own headphones. The social-media company acquired Oculus VR, a headset company, in 2014.

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Oculus said the Quest (64GB) will launch later this year for $399 in the USA, with over 50 titles ready at launch. It will cost $400 United States dollars at launch and comes with 64 GB of storage and a pair of improved Touch controllers. This innovative system uses four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your exact position in real time without any external sensors. 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. Facebook has said the addition of this third device completes their roadmap, and that app compatibility will be retained for future products in each of these segmentations (e.g., Oculus Go apps will run on Oculus Go 2). That means no wires, no computer connectivity, and no additional components required.

Standalone VR headsets have been done before, but they've typically been powered by a smartphone or a processor made for smartphones.

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