Oculus Quest: Price, Features, and Release Date

The Oculus Quest is a standalone, wireless, and very intriguing VR headset.

Oculus is releasing a new version of their VR device in 2019. 

Dubbed the Oculus Quest, this headset will retail for $399, which is about $50 more expensive than the base Oculus Rift and about $200 more expensive than the Oculus Go. What do you get for that price? For starters, you get the most mobile Oculus headset yet. The Quest is wireless, comes with hand controllers, is a standalone device and allows for full positional tracking. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (boo! boo that man!) noted the Quest features “the key attributes of the ideal VR system” and that he believes that “If we can bring these three qualities together in one product, we think that will be the foundation of a new generation of VR.”

That’s a lofty goal, but you can kind of see where he coming from when you start breaking down the Quest’s full package. The Oculus Quest has seemingly been designed from the ground up as a fully-functional VR gaming device like no other VR headset before it. Its wireless capabilities make it much more practical than most headsets, and features like the Quest’s built-in speakers (a carry-over from the Go) mean that it’s much more of an “all-in-one” kind of arrangement. 

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The Quest’s developers are promising a pretty astonishing 4,000 square feet of tracking space, which means that the Quest could theoretically allow a user to not only enjoy a little freedom of movement when they’re using their devices, but it should allow developers to get a little more creative in terms of the immersive experiences they create via VR technology. After all, it’s hard to buy into the idea that you’re exploring a large virtual world when you’re forced to stand in a relatively small space while you’re doing so. 

We’re not sure how powerful the Quest is yet, but it seems to be roughly on-par with the Rift. Even if it is less powerful, the expanded movement capabilities the design of the device offers should compensate for any minor technical shortcomings. We’ll know for sure whether the Oculus Quest will inspire non-believers to try VR when the device is released sometime in the spring of 2019. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014