Oculus Quest announced: a wireless, all-in-one VR headset for $399

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At Oculus Connect today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's next headset: The Oculus Quest (opens in new tab). The big selling point is that it's a completely wireless, 6DOF all-in-one system—it doesn't even have external sensors—but still offers "Rift-quality experiences," according to Zuckerberg. So it's a much-improved Oculus Go, basically.

The "Insight" tracking system, which allows it to operate without external sensors, is powered by a gyroscope, accelerometer, and four on-headset sensors which build a 3D map of the room.

"With Oculus Quest, we will finish our first generation of Oculus products," said Zuckerberg. "From here we're going to make some big leaps in tech and content for future generations of each of these products." 

He also noted that backward compatibility is a major priority for Oculus products. Games and software designed for Quest, and future Oculus headsets, will still work on the original Rift. And presumably we'll see an upgraded Rift at some point after the Quest launches. That could be a while if the next Rift is to be part of the second generation of headsets, but it would make sense to launch that new generation with another high-end, PC-connected headset, and then work toward all-in-ones in the same order.

The Oculus Quest will release in the spring for $399.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.