According to a new press release from Facebook, the Oculus Quest is the realization of the long-anticipated "Project Santa Cruz", and according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the bookend of the first generation of Oculus virtual reality headsets. In essence, Oculus Quest offers high-end VR gaming experiences with motion controls and positional tracking without the need to purchase an expensive PC.
Oculus line of virtual-reality headsets have not fully revolutionized the way to watch movies and play video games just yet, but the company's newest product may help it get VR into more consumers' hands. The Quest headset does not require a personal computer to operate, like the Oculus Rift device, and contains more powerful visuals and better head tracking than the $199 Oculus Go headset. 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.
Called Vader Immortal, the new VR series is being made with David S Goyer, the screenwriter behind popular films like The Dark Knight trilogy.
Oculus Quest is set to ship in Spring 2019, for a price of $399 (including the touch controllers). There will be more than 50 games available at launch including popular titles like Robo Recall, Moss and The Climb.
During his brief time on stage, Zuckerberg said he believes the future of VR is tether-free, with greater degrees of freedom that open the door to more engaging VR experiences. But to track your position, the headset has four "ultra-light" sensors on the headset's edges, which can register your position in a room relative to your surroundings. Oculus Quest represents the production release of the Project Santa Cruz that was first teased almost a year ago by Facebook. Are any of you thinking about picking up an Oculus Quest next year?