OculusQuest : Standalone VR headset

You looked around and seen all of the alternatives to the VR headsets on the market. Now you've settled your eyes on the Oculus Quest. Scheduled to come out in Spring of 2019, the Oculus Quest is a mobile 360 degree of freedom VR device. This VR system Falls somewhere between the Oculus Rift touch and the Oculus go. It provides a stunning VR experience for an untethered and Standalone device. Using the Oculus Quest, you will not need to insert your phone into this device. All the processing power is done in the headset itself, and it's a 6 degree of Freedom headset.  Having six degrees of freedom allows you to move around the virtual environment unencumbered with any tethers. Using the Oculus touch controller, you get full degree of Freedom touch presence within the VR environment. Reach out and touch your virtual objects with ease using this device.

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Coming in Spring of 2019 the price tag for this device will be around $399. The device comes with 64GB of internal storage for movies, applications, games and more. We expect a lot more news regarding the Oculus quest to come out during the Facebook event at F8. This yearly event is going to take place between 30th April and 1st of May 2019. At this time we expect pre-orders to open for the Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest is scheduled to launch with over 50 titles.

The specs for this headset are quite impressive. The headset will feature built-in spatial 360 audio. This is found along the straps near an opening right near the headset itself. The audio gives you an impression of sound coming from anywhere within your virtual environment. There are two 1.5 mm jacks on each side of the headset. These will allow for some future audio accessories. This headset also has a built-in microphone for in-game chat. This makes it the perfect connectivity device for your friends abroad. 

Regarding the screen, the Oculus Quest will ship with two 1440 x 1600 OLED panels at 72 Hertz. This provides a display at a higher resolution than the Oculus go and Oculus Rift device. The Oculus Quest is built to accommodate people with glasses. There's a spacer within the goggles that allows for fitting your glasses comfortably within the device.

Running all of the processor power at the heart of the quest will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Although there is a more impressive Snapdragon 845 if this System Incorporated that the price tag would be a lot higher. The controllers that ship with the Oculus Quest feels almost identical to the Oculus Rift controllers. The only noticeable difference between the two controllers is that the Oculus Quest controllers are slightly smaller than the Oculus Rift.

The Oculus Quest is expected to have a battery life of about 3 hours. Although the real Gamers within the genre will demand peripheral devices to maintain power for longer, that has not been announced by the Facebook or Oculus community. Unlike the Oculus go that uses the front plate of the heat sink, the Oculus go will have an internal cooling system to maintain the environment for the processor.

To accommodate charging the headset and data transfer, Oculus Quest settled with USBC. This can be found on the side of the headset. Just like the Oculus go, you'll be able to upload your movies and pictures to experience on the device.

Oculus Quest will not rely on external tracking devices. It uses its own proprietary Oculus insight tracking system to maintain position and control your distance within your environment. This makes tetherless gameplay easy. By tracking your environment and working with the guardian system, you can manage a relatively safe experience. Although this device can be configured for your static environment anything moving within your environment, it may not pick up while you're in gameplay.

The Oculus Quest controllers include rumble haptic feedback and thumbsticks. This makes it an excellent device for tetherless virtual reality play. Compared to the Oculus Rift the Oculus Quest is very similar. The main difference is that it won't include all of the titles that can run on an entirely dedicated PC. The Oculus Quest works great for games that are optimized for this platform but keep in mind that all games are not ready for this device.

I'm excited to see the Oculus Quest hit the market. I expect that this mobile tetherless platform will help break the VR technology into the mainstream. This is an exciting time for virtual reality, and with all of these peripheral devices, developers are rushing towards this new market.

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