In a busy day for Facebook news, the company unveiled the latest virtual-reality headset from its Oculus VR division. It’s called the Oculus Quest, and will go on sale in the spring of 2019 starting at $399.
Like this year’s Oculus Go, the Quest will be a ‘standalone’ VR headset, meaning that it doesn’t have to be connected to a PC to run applications and games – all the computing is handled within the device. “Developers have promised that it will be a powerful, self-contained headset capable of delivering the vision of VR that folks have been dreaming of for decades,” is how Engadget described it. The Quest is thus a higher-end version of the Oculus Go, which currently sells for $199. And if you’ve been following this area closely, note that the Quest has been shown off in prototype form before, when it was codenamed ‘Santa Cruz’.
The unveiling happened at the annual Oculus Connect conference – if you’re interested, there’s a bunch of videos from presentations at the event already available from Oculus VR’s YouTube channel, which show the progress being made on its technology. Content will also be a key selling point for headsets like the Quest: witness the unveiling yesterday of a three-episode VR Star Wars series called ‘Vader Immortal’, which will launch alongside the new device.