Oculus hopes its $399 headset will bring virtual reality to the masses

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Working just like the Rift's controllers, the Quest's hand-held wands track movement, angle, and even force, while providing haptic feedback, in an experience that the company says is the most powerful and unchained VR experience yet!

The standalone, immersive VR headset Oculus demoed past year, then dubbed Santa Cruz, is now known as Oculus Quest, and it arrives next spring for $399. Then again, we haven't exactly seen much in the way of AAA support for VR in the first place.

"It's not a question of when we're going to get there, it's how", he said, referring to the goal of 1 billion VR users.

Why it matters: Oculus and Facebook have been trying for years to convince consumers that VR is the next big computing platform, but the market for the technology is still tiny.

A second challenge, he said, was creating a vast, enticing ecosystem of games, films, meeting spaces and other experiences in virtual reality.

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The two-day Connect conference was meant to inspire software makers to help create that ecosystem. It also has support for what's being called 360 degree audio, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says is better still than the audio options present in the Oculus Go.

'This is all still early, but this is the basic road map'. It comes with its own battery that powers it, along with 64gb of storage, and a screen resolution of 1600×1440 in each eye. Offering six degrees of freedom and Touch controllers, Oculus Quest makes it easy to jump right into the action-with no PC, no wires, and no external sensors.

Oculus Quest builds on what the Go offers in several significant ways. By removing the wires, the headset can let you roam around a room in 360 degrees and get completely immersed in the VR experience.

'Now I think this brings console quality gaming and experiences to a price point that previously wasn't possible, ' Sag said.

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