Oculus Quest Standalone VR Unit Announced

Coming Spring 2019.

During today’s Oculus Connect 5 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came onstage to announce Oculus Quest, a standalone VR unit.

It is completely wireless, portable, supports six degrees of freedom and allows for users to move in a virtual space. The 64GB headset will ship Spring 2019 at $400 US.

“This is the all-in-one VR experience we’ve been waiting for,” said Zuckerberg, claiming the Quest will bring “Rift-quality experiences” to a standalone unit.

The gaming-centric unit was further detailed on the Oculus blog, which says, “Offering six degrees of freedom and Touch controllers, Oculus Quest makes it easy to jump right into the action—with no PC, no wires, and no external sensors.”

The newly announced Oculus Insight system allows for this portability, which uses four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track exact position in realtime without external sensors.

Oculus Quest Jump

The Touch controllers that can be used with Oculus Rift will ship with Oculus Quest. The display will have a resolution of 1600×1440 per eye, and includes built-in 360 audio. It will have 50+ titles available at launch, including Robo Recall, The Climb and Moss.

There’s currently no word on exactly what kind of processing power the device has. Other information like battery life has also yet to be revealed.

Exit Theatre Mode

Oculus Quest is meant to be a part of the Oculus family of VR products that include Oculus Go and Oculus Rift.

Oculus Go was released this May starting at $200, and brought portable VR into an affordable price range. In our review, we called it “Amazing” saying, “The new Oculus Go delivers. It is the first VR device that can truly bring great VR to pretty much everyone.”

Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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