Monday, 10 December, 2018

Project Santa Cruz is now Oculus Quest, coming next spring for $399

Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset.                  Screenshot by Scott Stein  CNET Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset. Screenshot by Scott Stein CNET
Oscar Goodwin | 27 September, 2018, 11:51

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Oculus Quest, the firm's new wireless VR headset. The new system is called the Oculus Quest, and it's another standalone VR headset, much like its immediate predecessor the Oculus Go.

During the earlier livestream, Oculus explained that the headset relies on four wide-angle cameras for the included Touch controllers, and to keep an eye on what's surrounding the headset user in a room.

Zuckerberg also pledged to port many PC-based VR games and apps to the Quest, bringing the device closer to the higher-end PC-based Oculus Rift. Personalize your Oculus Home and use Dash to navigate through a growing library of made-for-VR titles like Echo Arena, The Unspoken, Raw Data, Superhot VR and more.

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.

The headset is said to rival the Oculus Rift in performance while not being tethered to a computer.

The Quest is Oculus' play at taking VR mainstream. It comes with handheld motion controllers and will work with 50 existing Oculusapplications when it ships.

Unfortunately, during the Quest's announcement at Oculus Connect 5, Zuckerberg didn't mention what kind of internals or optics the Quest is packing. The reason why is simple: Whatever hardware is baked into Oculus Quest, it's going to use a different GPU solution than a standard AMD or Nvidia desktop/laptop GPU - and that means further optimization to make the game run ideally may be required before deploying it on the desktop.

Oculus said the Quest (64GB) will launch later this year for $399 in the U.S., with over 50 titles ready at launch. Then again, we haven't exactly seen much in the way of AAA support for VR in the first place.

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