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Project Santa Cruz is now Oculus Quest, coming next spring for $399

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Pete Mitchell | 27 September, 2018, 11:54

The less powerful Oculus Go, which the company unveiled at last year's Connect, only has one motion controller. Those limitations aren't a major issue if you're doing something like watching a 360-degree video, but they don't permit more fully interactive experiences such as fancy games.

Oculus promises that over 50 titles will be available for Quest when it launches, and VR fans can jump into the action for just $399, a price which appears to include two Oculus Touch controllers. The Quest also sports a full six degrees of freedom, so not only can you tilt your head to look at things, the headset should be able to track your head (and maybe your body?) so you can move around and enjoy the experience of untethered VR.

"This is the all-in-one VR experience we have been waiting for", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the company's Oculus Connect event in San Jose.

So far, VR hasn't caught on.

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Stay tuned for more details from Oculus Connect 5! The display resolution is said to be 1600×1440 - Oculus' blog post refers to the Quest as using the same "best-of-class" optics as the Oculus Go, but this may refer to the lenses, not the actual per-eye resolution.

Oculus also announced a new technology called Oculus Insight.

"We have this saying at Facebook that the journey is only 1 percent finished, and in this case, not even quite", Zuckerberg said, drawing laughs from the audience. Games and software designed for Quest, and future Oculus headsets, will still work on the original Rift.

The demo made it clear that Oculus is approaching mixed reality from the VR side, in contrast to MagicLeap, which is approaching mixed reality from the augmented reality side. Notably absent was the Gear VR headset, which was created through a partnership with Samsung and Oculus. It showed off a quick demo of someone using the device to view a digital version of their room and get Facebook Messenger notifications.

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