Oculus Quest is an upcoming $399 standalone VR headset

Posted on Thursday, September 27 2018 @ 11:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
At the Oculus Connect 5 event, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated the upcoming Oculus Quest VR headset. This is a standalone device, it offers six degrees of freedom, has integrated audio and does not require any wires, nor a connection to a PC or smartphone.

Previously codenamed "Santa Cruz", the Quest headset has 1600 x 1400 pixels per eye and comes with 64GB of internal storage capacity. The per-eye resolution is higher than the other Oculus headset, the Rift for example offers 1080 x 1200 pixels per eye. You can expect the Oculus Rift sometime in Spring 2019.
The headset relies on four ultra wide-angle sensors to map your environment as you navigate through it. And with Oculus Insight tracking, every move you make in the real world translates right into the game you're playing. Combine that with Oculus Touch controllers, and the game is at your fingertips. So when you grab, swing, or cast a spell, you'll feel the power of every gesture.
This is the way Oculus seems to be going on. Rather than focusing on PC gaming, the firm is trying to create a more immersive experience that doesn't require freedom-limiting wires or connections to other devices. The downside is of course that this severely limits the graphical quality of games, as whatever hardware is integrated in the Quest will be significantly less powerful than a gaming PC.

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