Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Project Santa Cruz is now Oculus Quest, coming next spring for $399

Project Santa Cruz is now Oculus Quest, coming next spring for $399

Facebook Inc (FB.O) unveiled its new wireless virtual reality headset at a conference on Wednesday and said it plans to start shipping it in spring next year.

But what's unclear is whether enterprise developers will be looking at Oculus headsets for corporate use cases. It will also include a pair of controllers to bring both of your hands into VR.

Oculus Quest will launch in Spring 2019 for $399 United States dollars.

Quest will be bundled together with a new Touch controller that looked nearly similar to existing Touch controllers for Rift.

The Quest has some improvements over the Go, including better position tracking through four wide-angle cameras. The problem is that current VR headsets still have a lot of rough edges. 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.

Since the Oculus Quest has six degrees of freedom, users can walk and duck and this is replicated in the game. As for visuals, the Quest uses the same screens as the Oculus Go, coming in at a resolution 1600 by 1440 per eye.

Within Insight, there is also a feature called Guardian that is created to avoid users from bumping into walls or other objects that might be on users way when they used Quest.

"We have this saying at Facebook that the journey is only 1 percent finished, and in this case, not even quite", Zuckerberg said, drawing laughs from the audience. The Quest also comes with touch controllers, much like the Rift, giving you the tools you need to game in virtual reality.

Oculus Quest builds on what the Go offers in several significant ways.

So how exactly is Oculus producing a VR headset that stays cooler and weighs less than a similarly powerful desktop computer, all while costing just $US400 ($551) and running "Rift-quality experiences"?

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