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Oculus Quest now available, starts at $399 for a 64GB set

The new Oculus Quest. (Source: Oculus)
The new Oculus Quest. (Source: Oculus)
The Quest is Oculus' first all-in-one virtual reality (VR) headset. It is available for sale from today (May 21, 2019). It is also a truly wireless VR set, and uses the company's imaging and touch-sensor technology to deliver this. The Quest starts at US$399 for a model with 64GB of on-board memory.

The Facebook subsidiary Oculus has released its freshest new product, the Quest, today (May 21, 2019). Like its predecessors, it is a VR headset; however, unlike many in its product category, it is completely wireless. Oculus asserts that this will make for improved, untethered gaming and VR experiences on this platform.

The Oculus Quest is powered by what Qualcomm calls the Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR Platform. The chip-maker claims that it supports the innovative all-in-one headset through up-to-date VR specs such as foveated rendering for high-quality graphics that are also multi-view and a high-resolution display.

The wireless nature of the Quest is also delivered through Oculus Touch sensors and Oculus Insight technology. The latter equips the headset with four ultra-wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms for realistic and immersive VR action. It also obviates the need for external sensors, making the process of setting a VR gaming space that much easier.

Facebook's vice president or AR/VR Partnerships, Hugo Barra, noted that the Quest "ushers in the next era of VR gaming" at its launch. "VR is going to improve the way people work, play, and connect with each other, and we’re excited to take the next step forward with Oculus Quest.” This new VR set - which includes a Quest core, 2 controllers and a 15-watt charger - costs US$399 for a 64GB SKU, or $100 more for one with double this memory.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-05-21 (Update: 2019-05-21)