Mark Zuckerberg just announced the Oculus Quest for a respectable $399. This announcement came just minutes into the Oculus Connect 5 keynote from the Facebook CEO.
The Oculus Quest is scheduled to ship in spring 2019 and is the first major update to the Oculus-line of headsets since Facebook acquired the company. In addition to the much sought after 360-degree movement, the Oculus Quest also features 360-degree audio for a better 3D hearing experience. And here’s the kicker, it doesn’t have any wires nor does it require a PC to run. It’s a standalone VR headset, filling the gap between the Rift and the Go.
It doesn’t match up to the Rift or the HTC Vive in terms of visual quality or performance, but in terms of ease of use and convenience, it comes out on top.
The headset itself has a more HTC Vive-ish build and comes with a brand new pair of hand-controllers. They are expected to leverage the touch interface improving overall immersion and enabling a developer friendly environment.
As per Zuckerberg, the Quest will have support for up to 50 games when it finally ships in 2019. In addition to this, Oculus is rumored to be working on a mixed reality headset as well, and early prototypes are currently being tested.