Friday, 16 November, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Debuts the Oculus Quest

CREDIT Courtesy of Facebook CREDIT Courtesy of Facebook
Olivia Ford | 27 September, 2018, 11:55

It will ship with 50 plus launch titles and Oculus Touch controllers. Those limitations aren't a major issue if you're doing something like watching a 360-degree video, but they don't permit more fully interactive experiences such as fancy games.

Combined with the Guardian system found in current Rift headsets (which sets boundaries for players across all VR programs they load up), this means users and developers can expand a game space to be larger and more flexible then current restrictions.

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.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is off to a slow start in his mission to bring virtual reality to the masses, so perhaps it's appropriate his company's next VR headset will be called Quest.

So far, VR hasn't caught on.

Stay tuned as more information on the Oculus Quest comes down from the annual Oculus Connect developer conference. One would be a standalone headset with no wires, second would be hand presence and third would be 6DoF (degrees of freedom) for true movement. It also uses inside-out tracking, which allows the device to respond visually to users leaning into an experience. Like the Rift, it also includes built-in audio. Facebook has said the addition of this third device completes their roadmap, and that app compatibility will be retained for future products in each of these segmentations (e.g., Oculus Go apps will run on Oculus Go 2). The Oculus Quest will be available in Spring 2019 for $399 for the 64GB version with Touch controllers. It showed off a quick demo of someone using the device to view a digital version of their room and get Facebook Messenger notifications.

Why it matters: Oculus and Facebook have been trying for years to convince consumers that VR is the next big computing platform, but the market for the technology is still tiny.

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