Facebook-owned Oculus VR is apparently designed a new version of the Oculus Quest Virtual Reality headset. The third iteration under the final stages of development is reportedly compact and light, allowing for extended usage without fatigue. The new Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is set to come with a newly redesigned controller as well, which addresses the most common complaints about using the VR set.
Oculus VR, a Facebook-owned company, is reportedly readying a new or third iteration of the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset. The untethered VR headset is supposed to be smaller, lighter, and packed within a compact design. Moreover, the display housed inside the VR headset will be capable of offering a prolonged or continuous refresh rate of 90Hz. The majority of Oculus VR headsets to date have been able to manage a continuous refresh rate of just 60Hz, with an occasional jump to 72Hz.
Facebook Making Multiple Versions Of Oculus Quest Standalone VR Headset To Address Common Issues?
A new report from Bloomberg claims Facebook is working on multiple potential successors to the Oculus Quest VR headset. Interestingly, a few of the headsets are already in advanced stages of prototyping, and most of them are smaller and lighter. According to the report, Facebook is aiming to make the new Oculus VR headset at least 10 to 15 percent lighter than any previous version.
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In addition to the new Oculus Quest VR standalone headset, Facebook is also designing a new controller that addresses two of the most common complaints about the VR set. The new controller is designed to be more comfortable to use. In other words, Facebook could have improved the ergonomics and weight distribution within the Quest VR controller. The other most common issue is the sudden removal of the battery cover. Apparently, Facebook has paid particular attention to ensure the battery cover doesn’t accidentally slide off and disturb the user. Incidentally, the new controller will be compatible with the current Quest headset, the report states.
New Oculus Quest Standalone VR Headset Specifications And Features:
The third iteration of the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset could become popular simply because it is quite lighter and more compact than all the previous versions. Moreover, the headset will offer at least 90Hz of screen refresh rate, which is quite higher compared to the 60 or 72Hz refresh rate of existing models. Needless to add, higher refresh rates should certainly help in offering a much more smooth, realistic, and immersive gaming experience.
If the reports are accurate, some of the other versions of Oculus Quest VR headsets are capable of even higher refresh rates of 120Hz. However, these too will be capped at 90Hz to ensure better battery life. As for the weight of the new VR headset, Oculus Quest’s third iteration is believed to weigh just about 1 pound, which is quite light compared to the previous version that weighs 1.25 pounds. This weight reduction should reduce the burden during prolonged use.
The new version of the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset reportedly packs four external cameras, six degrees of freedom for looking and walking in any direction, and support Oculus Link to connect to a PC for improved performance. Facebook is also considering removing the fabric from the sides and replacing it with plastic to boost the comfort level. The new VR headset could also have new materials used in the straps to ensure higher elasticity.
New Oculus Quest Standalone VR Headset Launch Date:
Facebook had planned to unveil the new VR headset towards the end of 2020 at the annual Oculus Connect event. However, it seems unlikely that Facebook could achieve the same due to the ongoing health crisis. Reports indicate product development and global supply chain are severely affected.
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Interestingly, Facebook is also developing an Augmented Reality (AR) headset, which is planned for a 2023 release. The software for the same is on schedule, but hardware development may have hit some hurdles.
It is not clear if Facebook will discontinue the current-generation Oculus Quest VR headset. However, given the significant benefits in the new one, it would be wise to simply let the stocks of the old one run out and then replace the same with the new version.