There isn’t a one size fits all answer when it comes to virtual reality (VR). There have been less-expensive answers to the immersive world of VR, including the PlayStation VR and Oculus Go. Today, during the Oculus Connect 5, the world of virtual reality shifts once again as the Oculus Quest was announced at $399. The standalone headset nixes the need for a PC while offering Rift-quality titles.
More Than A Side-Quest
The Oculus Quest bundle will have a few much-needed features in order to complete the package. The headset and touch controllers will be bundled together when it releases in Spring 2019. Although this might not leap off of the page at you, there is still something significant happening here. Oculus is delivering Rift quality graphics on a completely wireless headset that has touch controls. If you look back at the hefty price tag of virtual reality when it was first announced, there was probably some hope from those who were intrigued by the platform that we would one day get to the point where it was more affordable and easier to access. To put things into perspective, the PlayStation VR has a current MSRP of $299.99 and needs a console. In this case, the Oculus aims to deliver a cost-effective all-in-one set, having a slight edge over its competitors.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the end for Rift. The headset will remain as a premium device for experiences that need a PC’s horsepower. In fact, Oculus launched a revised digital platform for Rift during the keynote. Quest will be a mid-tier device, sitting between the Rift and the Go.
There is a 50 title lineup expected for Quest’s launch, mostly from the Rift’s library. It was noted during the reveal that Robo Recall will be supported, and more will be announced.
What are your thoughts on the Oculus Quest? If you haven’t already made the decision to purchase a VR headset, will you do so now with the recent announcements? Let us know in the comments below.