Facebook launched an upgraded Oculus virtual reality headset with the power to handle the intensive graphics of digital worlds in a wire-free experience. The Quest headset is a wireless VR experience. It will have virtual hand controllers and full positional tracking. There is no requirement of PC to operate. The price will be $399.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said,
“This is the wireless virtual reality experience we have been waiting for.”
Oculus vice president Hugo Barra said that,
“Quest combined the capabilities of Rift and the portability of Go, the current headgear in the company’s lineup with a strong focus on games.”
Rift was the first VR gear. Rift needs to be plugged into computers to handle the graphics-rich, immersive nature of digital worlds. Facebook plans to launch more than 50 games for the new headset.
The Facebook promised to launch “Vader Immortal”. It will let Quest users play through the opening episode of a new virtual reality experience set in a castle of “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.
The new Oculus Quest headset showcased at the Facebook unit’s developer conference. In the conference, Mark Zuckerberg recalled setting a goal of – “getting a billion people into virtual reality after buying Oculus four years ago.” Well, Facebook could not complete that goal. Mark Zuckerberg said –
“This isn’t a question of whether we are going to get there, it is how.”
He also mentioned the challenges – creating an ecosystem of games, films, meeting spaces and other experiences in virtual reality. Zuckerberg said that –
“We are going to make some big leaps in both technology and content. This is still early, but this is the basic road map.”
Facebook’s vision of virtual reality goes far beyond games to a time when members of the leading online social network can virtually visit one another with the help of avatars.
Anshel Sag, the analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy said that – the Quest will make it easier to get into virtual reality gaming at a reasonable price.
Oculus is another big step for the field of virtual reality. Mark Zuckerberg bought Oculus in 2014 for $3 billion. The Oculus Quest was previously known as Project Santa Cruz.