Facebook announces new Oculus Quest VR headset

Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset.                  Screenshot by Scott Stein  CNET

It comes with its own battery that powers it, along with 64gb of storage, and a screen resolution of 1600×1440 in each eye.

Facebook once heavily promoted the smartphone-powered Gear VR headset, but appears to have shifted its attention to its Go headset as its preferred mobile VR device. 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. And it offers a more immersive experience than cheaper wireless headsets, like this year's Oculus Go, by using more advanced sensors and controllers. The built-in audio is improved from the Go, with deeper bass. The device launches next spring and will have 50 titles available at launch, including the critically acclaimed Moss.

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However, in a rare self-deprecating moment on stage, Zuckerberg recalled setting a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality after buying Oculus some four years ago in a deal valued then at $2 billion - before admitting things hadn't gone according to plan.

Like the Oculus Go, the Oculus Quest is a wireless, standalone VR headset.

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Oculus' long-teased standalone Santa Cruz VR headset has been revealed as the Oculus Quest at the company's Oculus Connect 2018 keynote today. Quest provides 6 Degree of Freedom (DoF) movement and room scale tracking, compared to the 3-DoF system on the Go. Facebook VP Hugo Barra said the headset can also work in a large "arena"-like room". It's the last of Oculus' first generation headsets which means future hardware will likely be far more advanced and have a more social slant.

Though Australian pricing hasn't been announced yet, in United States dollars that's the same price as Oculus' current Rift bundle, $US100 ($138) less than a Vive, and a whopping $US400 ($551) less than a Vive Pro, and that isn't including the relatively high-end PC you'd need to power them.

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