On the occasion of F8, the annual Facebook conference that was held in San Jose in California a few days ago, Oculus announced that Oculus Quest and Rift S shipments will officially begin on May 21st. Oculus Quest, the brand’s first all-in-one VR gaming system, offers complete freedom of movement, while Oculus Rift is designed for those who own a Windows 10 PC and a graphics card suitable for computer games. The launch price for both viewers is 449 euros and can already be pre-ordered on Amazon in this and this page.
VR allows you to challenge the limits of reality and to explore new worlds – even with people on the other side of the planet. If Oculus Go has served to bring VR closer to a wider audience than ever, today Oculus opens its doors to a fully immersive VR 6DOF, allowing it to move in virtual space as you would in the real one. The key to this progress is Oculus Insight.
Entering VR will be as easy as playing on a console. Both Quest and Rift S use Oculus Insight, cutting-edge technology that allows internal-external tracking with sensors integrated into the viewer. By mapping the space around you and your position inside, Oculus Insight allows you to navigate in virtual and physical spaces, all in real time.
With no need for wires or a PC (Quest uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset), Quest is ready for gaming whenever and wherever you want. It will also be possible to share the fun with friends through the casting function (in beta on Quest), which allows you to broadcast on the Oculus mobile app or on your TV.
The launch lineup includes over 50 titles ranging from shooters to social pass-and-play games. Quest includes five exciting preview demos that you can try out right away:
Beat Saber (Beat Games): Keep the rhythm while cutting the cubes. This demo includes a tutorial and two songs at two different levels of difficulty.
Creed (Survios): Become Adonis Creed and fight to establish their inheritance in and out of the ring. In this demo, you will have only one match available to face one of your challengers in the ring.
Journey of the Gods (Turtle Rock Studios): Put yourself in the shoes of a man or a deity as you collect items, gain upgrades and fight enemies in this extraordinary graphic game. With three difficulty levels, this demo features reduced versions of the tutorial and the fight with the first boss.
Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions): Fight relentless waves of droids with all the weapons and gadgets available like a Space Pirate. This demo allows you to play the first part, full of action, and challenge the first boss.
Sports Scramble (Armature): With a fun revisitation of traditional sports, this demo allows you to play a tennis match against an AI opponent or against your friends and family in two-player online multiplayer mode.
At the price of $ 40 you can also buy Oculus Quest Travel Case, the travel case for Oculus Quest that includes a cover and an outer shell for greater comfort and additional protection when on the move. More accessories are coming, so stay tuned for details.
With Oculus Rift S, you can immediately access the same Rift library – with the same software stack. This means that your Oculus Home is a social and customizable space where you and your friends can meet before launching into a shared VR adventure. With improved optics and a high resolution display, Rift has never been so beautiful.
Oculus Rift S
Oculus Insight includes a passthrough mode for both Quest and Rift S to help keep you safe in VR by showing your real environment while wearing the viewer – Rift S goes one step further. Thanks to Passthrough +, a true stereo-correct passthrough function, you will be able to take advantage of Oculus’s progress as a ASW, and use them with Dash for your mixed reality experience.
With a viewer designed for everyone, there is no better time to play in VR. Quest offers the easiest entry point to a VR 6DOF, while Rift S offers the most advanced content and next-generation graphics. Together, they will continue to lead a rapidly evolving 6DOF ecosystem, where established and indie developers can reach a constantly growing audience. Quest and Rift S will push the sector forward – and that’s good for everyone.