Virtual Reality has been making big industry waves as of late, with VR company Oculus leading the way. At the Oculus Connect 5 Event, the company announced their next-generation Virtual Reality headset, the Oculus Quest. This headset, unlike their Oculus Rift, runs completely wireless. It has a camera built into the headset to track your environment, instead of requiring a camera set up around the room. The built-in camera can detect space at an impressive distance of about 4,000 square feet.
The Oculus Quest features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor usually found in modern smartphones, significantly less powerful than the norm for VR headsets. While it isn’t expected to compete with the power of today’s computers, it gives a better visual than their previous headset. However, with much more storage, this headset will have room for a few games that people will be able to bring with them wherever they go. The current standard for more powerful VR set-ups includes a massive amount of complicated wires and an expensive computer with high-end specifications, something that the Oculus Quest hopes to change.
While the Oculus Quest is sure to be a tough choice with its $399 price tag (similar to the Rift’s price), it will definitely give a better experience than the Oculus Go and other headsets that run VR through your smartphone. Headsets made for phones like Gear VR and Google Daydream are simply shells that you put your phone into, with the screen on your phone splitting an image into two so that it can give you the experience of VR with just one screen. This implementation isn’t perfect, as almost all smartphones aren’t able to handle many programs in Virtual Reality.
With the Oculus Quest set to launch in Spring 2019, there are still a few more months until the general audience will be able to take one of these home. While the ease of accessibility will definitely get people interested, others may end up disappointed with the performance and other limitations that the Quest may have. This new headset will likely end up being evolutionary rather than revolutionary due to the system’s power not being up-to-snuff with what is expected out of those that can be attached to computers. However, the next on-the-go VR headset from Oculus could be the one to change the industry on its head, as they did say that the Quest would “complete the first generation of Oculus products”.
by Jason Grioua