Touted as Facebook’s best shot at mainstream VR device, Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset.
In addition to that, it boasts Six Degrees of Freedom (6DOF) and inside-out tracking.
It is the combination of these two features that makes it extremely attractive for gamers looking to get into the VR game.
Its introduction follows on the heels of the Oculus GO, an entry-level set. The expectations on part of the analysts are that the Quest is well positioned to combine the best of both worlds and appeal to even more people to join the growing VR community.
On the Quest to be a game-changer
On paper, Quest hits all the marks to get even the most skeptical non-VR users interested, and namely those interested in gaming.
The reason for its attractiveness is that it does a phenomenal job of removing all compromises in game mechanics.
Quest gets a sharper focus with 1600 x 1440 resolution per eye, which is basically the same as in the GO, and it comes with a built-in audio.
Although in depth of fidelity it still lags behind its PC-tethered cousin, the Rift and some of the competition, it more than makes up for this deficit
with the spot-on tracking and the related freedom of movement (no cords).
Banking on a decent Chipset
Oculus Quest also gets a more powerful processor under the hood, sporting Snapdragon 835 with Active Fan Cooling, making it ever more resistant to fatigue and freezes.
Even though the 835 isn’t the latest processor from Qualcomm (it’s also used in Samsung’s Galaxy S8), it is a marked improvement up from the 821 used in the Oculus GO.
Tracking — so you don’t fall off the cliff
While fixed point-of-view devices like Oculus GO operate on the principle of surrounding you with the environment, the Quest really immerses you in the experience.
The headset relies on four ultra wide-angle sensors to continually map your environment as you navigate through it.
As a result, you really feel transported to a different place with every move in the real world translating into the game you are playing.
This sort of active immersion is a big reason why well-calibrated tracking and controllers have been stressed as the “must-have”
features for a device to take a firm hold in the mainstream.
And practically all VR industry commentators agree that the Quest has made great leaps in this regard.
And the price … very nice!
The Quest is still double the price of the Oculus GO. But we think it is well worth it. You get a self-contained device delivering overall high-performance.
The physical body of the Quest will not let you down either. It is made of sturdy plastics, lending it a premium quality look and feel you will enjoy
for years to come (it will certainly outlast the SW upgrades given the pace of VR advancements …)
And best of all, you get a great jump in experience, which makes it worth every penny.
Quest is going to be launching in the spring of 2019 for $399.