Oculus' Santa Cruz is now Oculus Quest, priced at $399

Kelley Robertson
September 27, 2018

Facebook's goal was to provide users with a completely untethered and free experience in virtual reality, combining the capabilities of the Oculus Rift with the freedom of the Oculus Go which launched earlier this year.

The Quest looks slightly different than the Santa Cruz, coming with a more curved design than either the Go or Rift.

Facebook announced its newest VR headset that will ship next year. And while company's official press release mentions a resolution of 1600 x 1400 and 64GB of built-in storage, that isn't a lot to go on.

The next generation of Oculus VR is called Oculus Quest, a standalone HMD with hand tracking and 6DOF. The headset rounds out Oculus' VR lineup, joining the Oculus Go and Rift as the company's new middle-level offering.

Oculus Quest is Facebook's next VR headset, promising you can play high-end games without the need for a powerful PC to run them. Quest is expected to launch Spring 2019 with a price tag of $399.

The VR system supports inside-out tracking, and makes use of four ultra wide-angle sensors for real-time positioning in a virtual world (meaning that you can walk around instead of standing still). And today, we're announcing a new, experimental technology to help developers bring their traditional desktop apps to VR: Hybrid Apps. Avatars are being worked on, and later this year it's expected we'll see expressive avatars that have enhanced eye and mouth movements.

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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. Perhaps Oculus is going with a Snapdragon 835 or Snapdragon 845 processor this time around paired with 4GB or more of RAM, but we'll have to wait a while longer to get the full rundown on specifications.

How it stacks up: The new headset will be more convenient than its predecessors.

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