Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is off to a slow start in his mission to bring virtual reality to the masses, so perhaps it's appropriate his company's next VR headset will be called Quest. Oculus calls this tech Insight, and it's testing it in hundreds of different home spaces so that it can detect as many floors and objects as possible.
The Oculus Quest will be released next Spring and retail for $399.
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.
Standalone VR headsets have been done before, but they've typically been powered by a smartphone or a processor made for smartphones. The Quest will also allow "six degrees of freedom", which lets people lean and move more accurately within a virtual environment. Oculus may have led with the Rift, but the company appears much more interested in pushing the idea of standalone VR.
Within Insight, there is also a feature called Guardian that is created to avoid users from bumping into walls or other objects that might be on users way when they used Quest.
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Facebook says users will be able to wander around in up to 4,000 square feet of spacewhile using the headset.
As you can see from the photo and video above, the Oculus Quest consists of a headset and two motion controllers.
Oculus vice president Hugo Barra said 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. Like the Rift, it also includes built-in audio.
Compared to the Oculus Go's 1280 x 1440 per eye, the Oculus Quest also offers a much higher resolution of 1600x1440 resolution per eye. However, we haven't yet had the opportunity to try out the Oculus Quest so we'll reserve judgement.