Facebook announces new Oculus Quest VR headset

Facebook Announces $399 Oculus Quest VR 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. However, the IR lights ring on the new controllers is facing upwards instead and features more streamlined physical design although it apparently still compatible with Rift as well. But I'm confident we're going to get there. The founders of photo-sharing application Instagram said on Monday that they were leaving Facebook, six years after their company was bought.

"Oculus Go remains the easiest and most affordable way to get into VR, while Oculus Rift leverages the power of your PC to push the limits of what's possible", writes the Oculus team.

One of the biggest barriers to entry for VR so far has been the price. 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).

"This is it", Zuckerberg said.

The two-day Connect conference was meant to inspire software makers to help create that ecosystem.

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'This is all still early, but this is the basic road map'. No wires, no connected laptops or phones, just a headset, and two controllers... that's the dream that the Oculus Quest promises.

At this point, there are no indications of what kind of hardware is installed inside this standalone VR headset, but we'd imagine that it's beefier than what's available with the $199 Oculus Go.

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

But what should be especially interesting for VR developers is the headset's Insight system, which is promising more flexible headset tracking that creates possibilities for virtual reality experiences outside of the traditional roomscale size.

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