Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset

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The Facebook-owned company recently launched the standalone Oculus Go headset, and it appears to be gearing up for its next big product, Oculus Quest, to release early in 2019. In essence, Oculus Quest offers high-end VR gaming experiences with motion controls and positional tracking without the need to purchase an expensive PC.

Facebook announced a new virtual reality headset, some four years after acquiring the company that made the Oculus Rift.

Called the Oculus Quest, this VR headset will provide six degrees of freedom and will come with Oculus Touch wireless controllers.

Interestingly, an upcoming Star Wars experience from ILMxLAB will also be available on Oculus Quest with its first episode, Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series debuting on Oculus Quest for launch.

What we do know about Oculus Quest is that it'll include the same optics as the Oculus Go, with a resolution of 1,600 x 1,440-pixels per eye. The Oculus Quest is an attempt to widen its audience by removing the barrier to entry that a capable gaming PC can pose to a wide consumer base.

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"Oculus Go remains the easiest and most affordable way to get into VR, while Oculus Rift leverages the power of your PC to push the limits of what's possible", writes the Oculus team. The Oculus Quest release date is Spring 2019 and will cost $399 in the US, which is cheaper than the $499 Oculus Rift bundle with two controllers and several games.

The headset will be priced at $399 for a 64GB model, which seems to be a great price for what the headset is offering.

Instead of relying on external trackers like the Oculus Rift, the Oculus Quest's inside-out tracking system can monitor your position from within the headset itself.

The Quest will also ship with the same Touch controllers people use for their Rift devices, Zuckerberg said.

When is Oculus Connect 5 (2018)? There is also speculation that the Oculus "Santa Cruz" and next generation Rift devices are going to be announced at the event.