Introducing Oculus Quest: a no-compromises standalone VR headset

Saul Franklin
September 27, 2018

But what's unclear is whether enterprise developers will be looking at Oculus headsets for corporate use cases. It utilizes the inside-out tracking method with the help of four ultra-wide cameras that scan all the objects within one's environment in order to deliver accurate real-time positioning capability to the headset.

Oculus Quest comes with a display resolution of 1600×1440 per eye, built-in audio, and 64GB storage. The social-media company acquired Oculus VR, a headset company, in 2014.

The Oculus Quest was unveiled today during a conference at Oculus Connect 5 and will release sometime in Spring 2019. "Oculus Quest" offers users the same virtual experience, but now users are able to move more freely while wearing the headset. The Oculus Quest will also be more capable than Oculus Go, a $199 headset that doesn't require a computer, but can only track the rotation of a user's head. Insight gives you a greater sense of immersion, presence, and mobility, plus the ability to go beyond room-scale. You need a good CPU, and if you want Rift level content you really need a powerful GPU - such as AMD's Radeon RX 56 - which goes for almost $700, or you need to suck it up and go with crummier graphics while saving money on something like Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 - which can be had for around $350 if you're lucky. 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). We'll believe that when we see it, too. Unlike PS VR or a Vive Pro, the Quest's standalone nature means there aren't any wires to get tangled up in your feet and no need for an external PC or console to provide graphics.

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Right now, it's a little unclear what the future of VR looks like in the PC space.

The standalone, immersive VR headset Oculus demoed past year, then dubbed Santa Cruz, is now known as Oculus Quest, and it arrives next spring for $399. There are tracking issues to be solved, the configuration takes a fair bit of room, and it's very much a first-generation type of solution.

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That standalone VR headset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 3GB of RAM.

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