Facebook’s Oculus Quest to Fill the Middle Ground between Go and Rift
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 compute power Oculus could include in the device (high PC gaming could draw hundreds of watts of power compared to the roughly …
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