Facebook reveals new US$399 stand-alone virtual reality headset, Quest

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The fifth Oculus Connect conference is going on now, and it gave viewers their first look at the next iteration of Facebook's VR headset: the Oculus Quest.

Oculus touted the possibility of "arena-scale" VR experiences, but the possibility of multi-room VR, along with warnings for players drifting too close to walls or furniture, can help developers break out of the box of VR design.

Facebook is also working with partners to ensure that a large library of VR games is available to enjoy on the new headset, piggybacking on titles already available on the Rift. Oculus has also brought the Guardian System from the Rift for displaying wall and floor markers so you don't hurt yourself while moving around. No wires, no connected laptops or phones, just a headset, and two controllers... that's the dream that the Oculus Quest promises.

The Oculus Quest will be released next Spring and retail for $399.

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. This innovative system uses four ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your exact position in real time without any external sensors. Facebook has said the addition of this third device completes their roadmap, and that app compatibility will be retained for future products in each of these segmentations (e.g., Oculus Go apps will run on Oculus Go 2). That's not to say it isn't fun - but from cable management to proper camera placement, there's a lot of fiddling to get right. Take Multiplayer to the next level in VR when you battle in Brass Tactics or form a team in MARVEL Powers United VR.

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VR gaming is here. Nonetheless, we'd like to see an update to the Rift as well - the higher resolution would be extremely welcome.

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