Facebook’s Attempts at VR With Oculus Quest
Facebook has announced Oculus Quest, a virtual reality headset it hopes will rejuvenate the VR industry. Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg said the device would offer the types of VR experiences that previously required a device to be connected to a high-powered PC. It will be released in Spring 2019, priced at $399.
Facebook released Oculus Go last year as a budget standalone headset, costing $199. The Oculus Quest works with two hand controllers, and in-built sensors mean the wearer has six degrees of freedom. In gaming, six degrees of freedom gives the ability to, for example, lean over ledges or crouch behind objects.
Facebook said the Oculus Quest can also track the room around you, allowing you to walk around as much as 400 square feet of space – as long as there are no objects in your way. The firm will continue to sell its PC-connected Oculus Rift, saying that device will further “push the limits of what’s possible”.