Oculus Announces New Quest Standalone VR Headset at $399

Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset

Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset

"Oculus Quest" offers users the same virtual experience, but now users are able to move more freely while wearing the headset.

Oculus VR has confirmed a Spring 2019 launch date for the Oculus Quest, with United States pricing set at $399 - likely to translate to £399 in the UK, inclusive of Value-Added Tax. It features six degrees of freedom touch controllers, state of the art optics and built in audio.

Facebook has said the Oculus Quest will offer "Rift-like" experiences, touting Quest versions of Robo Recall, The Climb, and Moss.

Also in contrast to the Go, the Oculus Quest can run both mobile and PC VR games. The device features positional inside-out tracking, as well as tracking for the hand controllers.

Oculus is moving swiftly along with the development of its virtual reality (VR) headsets.

Anshel Sag, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said the could make it easier to get into virtual reality gaming at a reasonable price. As Oculus describes, the tech uses four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your position in real-time.

The headset will come with two handheld controllers and the headset, alongside those two controllers, will have a price tag of $399.

Oculus also announced updates to the Rift Core 2.0 operating system, which is moving out of beta and will be available for everyone in early October, though the public can access it early through the Public Test Channel starting Wednesday.

Oculus today took the wraps off its brand new VR headset, the Oculus Quest. We'll believe it when we see it. Rift games won't be automatically coming to Oculus, but supposedly porting Quest games to Rift will be as simple as a one-touch button press, with no need for ports or other optimization.

Oculus said the Quest (64GB) will launch later this year for $399 in the United States, with over 50 titles ready at launch.

That implies fewer than 10 million people are using Oculus products, and recent data from the research firm International Data Corp. shows the still-nascent VR market has been losing momentum.

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