One year ago, Facebook introduced their very first standalone virtual reality headset with Oculus Go. At $199 the price was fairly attractive, but the headset only supported 3DOF motion tracking.
The company announced a new model at F8 2019. Oculus Quest is equipped with a more powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, two 1600 x 1440 displays, and support for 6DOF (degrees of freedom) virtual reality thanks to two handheld motion controllers.
Oculus Quest specifications:
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with 4x high performance Kryo 280 cores @ 2.20 GHz/ 2.30 GHz (single core operation), 4x low power Kryo 280 cores @ 1.9 GHz, Adreno 540 GPU
- System Memory – 4GB RAM
- Storage – 64GB or 128GB flash storage
- Display – 2x 1600×1440 OLED displays up to 72 Hz
- Camera – 4x wide-angle tracking cameras for inside-out position tracking
- Audio – Integrated speakers, 2x 3.5mm audio jacks
- Battery – Lithium-Ion battery good for about two to three hours
- Dimensions – TBD
- Weight – 470 grams
Oculus Quest is said to support over 50+ titles from shooters to pass-and-play social games, and 5 preview demos are preloaded in the unit: Beat Saber, Creed, Journey of the Gods, Space Pirate Trainer, and Sports Scramble.
The company also added a casting features so that other people can also see what you do while playing, somewhat improving the “social experience” as shown in the photo above.
Oculus Quest can be pre-ordered for $399 (64GB storage) and $499 (128GB storage) on Amazon US, Oculus Shop, or other resellers. Shipping is planed to start on May 21st. Several larger technology blogs had the chance to review Oculus Quest before the official announcement including The Verge, Engadget, and CNet. Reviews are fairly positive especially about the wire-free experience, but it’s heavier than PC based models, and cannot handle as many VR games. Facebook also announced Oculus Rift S that needs to be connected to a computer together with Oculus Quest. You’ll find the announcement here.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.