Bloomberg: Facebook’s Oculus Developing Smaller, Lighter Quest VR Headset | JoyFreak

Bloomberg: Facebook’s Oculus Developing Smaller, Lighter Quest VR Headset

Aries

Administrator
Facebook Inc.’s Oculus division is building a new version of its Quest standalone virtual reality headset, but the device is facing potential delays due to the impact of Covid-19 on product development and the global supply chain.



The social-networking giant is working on multiple potential successors to the Quest. Some models in advanced testing are smaller, lighter, and have a faster image refresh rate for more realistic content, according to people familiar with the matter. These headsets also have redesigned controllers, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products.



The company hasn’t finalized which new version of the Quest it will release, and the final product may have different features. Facebook originally planned to launch the new model at the end of 2020, around its annual Oculus Connect conference, but the coronavirus pandemic could delay the headset from shipping until 2021, the people said.



Some versions in testing are 10% to 15% smaller than the current Quest. That, in addition to being lighter, makes them more comfortable to wear, one of the people said. The existing model weighs about 1.25 pounds, which is too heavy for some users wearing the device for extended periods. The models in testing are closer to a pound, the person said.

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Nova

Member
I am surprised though, that facebook and others have not made the VR headset as cheaper. I think they need to do that in order to get the most out of the market. Currently the market is what limits people on that part. Either way looking forward to the changes.
 

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