While some call virtual reality the future of gaming, computing, and so much more, the only way to get the most premium experience is by having the VR headset wired to a computer.
Oculus Quest builds on what the Go offers in several significant ways.
The Facebook boss took to the stage at the Oculus connect conference in San Jose today to unveil a new wireless version of the firm's VR headset which no longer requires the user to connect it to a phone or computer.
Oculus Quest (previously codenamed Santa Cruz) is similar to the Oculus Go launched a year ago in that it's an entirely self-contained solution, with no need for an external device like a PC or phone. Hugo Barra who is the CEO of Oculus says the device provides "arena-scale" tracking for at least 400 square feet of space. Games and software designed for Quest, and future Oculus headsets, will still work on the original Rift.
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The VR system supports inside-out tracking, and makes use of four ultra wide-angle sensors for real-time positioning in a virtual world (meaning that you can walk around instead of standing still). There will be roughly 50 titles available at launch to leverage the power of the Oculus Touch, including Robo Recall and The Climb (which is a climbing simulator).
Why it matters: Project Santa Cruz is now Oculus Quest, Facebook's next standalone VR headset.
We're at Oculus Connect 5 and we'll be getting some hands on time with the Quest so stay tuned for our first impressions on the new Oculus headset. "Thanks to Oculus Quest, we're now able to combine the best of both worlds and welcome even more people into the VR community". However, due to the form factor, we expect it to be similar to the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Oculus Go, especially given the limited 64GB on-board storage.
The headset will also launch with a brand new Star Wars VR game called Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series.