One of the biggest barriers to entry for VR so far has been the price. Building a computer that can handle most VR games for the foreseeable future as well as picking up the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive itself can reach prices well over $1000. People have wanted a major standalone VR unit for years, and it looks like Oculus and Facebook will finally be delivering that with Oculus Quest.
The Oculus Quest was unveiled today during a conference at Oculus Connect 5 and will release sometime in Spring 2019. It’s fairly cheap too, starting at $399 for the 64GB model that comes with Oculus Quest and two Oculus Touch controllers. The headset has a display resolution of 1600×1440 per eye.
It also uses “four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your exact position in real time without any external sensor,” so you won’t even be locked to a single room while playing. They are calling this Oculus Insight.
When it comes to games, the Oculus Quest’s library won’t be exactly the same as the Oculus Rift. The headset itself is somewhere in between Oculus Go and Oculus Rift in its capabilities, but should still be able to run most Rift games. There will be 50 games available for Oculus Quest at launch, three of which are The Climb, Robo Recall, and Moss.
You can check out two new videos that introduce Oculus Quest below. The standalone Oculus Quest headset is launching sometime in Spring 2019.