Facebook Announces Stand-Alone 6DoF HMD, Oculus Quest

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4Q 2018 | IN-5276

 

Facebook’s Oculus Quest to Fill the Middle Ground between Go and Rift

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At October’s Oculus Connect conference, Facebook announced its next Virtual Reality (VR) platform, Quest (code named Santa Cruz). Quest is a stand-alone solution offering full Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) VR experiences (room-scale VR with 6DoF controllers) and will ship in spring 2019 for US$399. Pricing puts it amid the company’s 3DoF stand-alone system Oculus Go, which starts at US$199, and the high-end tethered Rift (pricing for packages typically start at the same US$399 price but requires a personal computer [PC]). The hardware is reportedly based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 platform (above the Go’s Snapdragon 821 platform but lower than the current Snapdragon 845).

While some cross-platform (tethered/PC) content will be available, not all experiences will port over due to differences in performance capabilities. The power profile, for example, limits the amount of comput...

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