Monday, 22 October, 2018

Oculus Quest's Insight system promises VR tracking beyond the box

Oculus Quest's Insight system promises VR tracking beyond the box Oculus Quest's Insight system promises VR tracking beyond the box
Beatrice Douglas | 27 September, 2018, 11:53

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a new virtual reality headset, the Oculus Quest, that he is hoping will jumpstart the nascent VR industry that has yet to catch on with mainstream consumers.

Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset, meaning that it doesn't require a PC or a mobile phone to run VR games and experiences.

During the earlier livestream, Oculus explained that the headset relies on four wide-angle cameras for the included Touch controllers, and to keep an eye on what's surrounding the headset user in a room.

Additionally, Oculus Quest will ship with a full set of touch controllers, similar to the Oculus Rift, where Go only ships with a single controller that is more akin to a remote than a full game controller. Facebook bought Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion, and Zuckerberg has pledged to spend billions of dollars more on VR devices and investments in VR content companies.


At this point, there are no indications of what kind of hardware is installed inside this standalone VR headset, but we'd imagine that it's beefier than what's available with the $199 Oculus Go. The built-in audio is improved from the Go, with deeper bass.

We're at Oculus Connect 5 and we'll be getting some hands on time with the Quest so stay tuned for our first impressions on the new Oculus headset.

Oculus Go hit its affordable price by including only a single basic handheld controller and skipping the sensors required to sense your movements in physical space.

"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. Unlike PS VR or a Vive Pro, the Quest's standalone nature means there aren't any wires to get tangled up in your feet and no need for an external PC or console to provide graphics. There are tracking issues to be solved, the configuration takes a fair bit of room, and it's very much a first-generation type of solution.

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