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Oculus Quest preview, launch titles; gameplay and comparison with Rift S (updated March 30, 2019)

Oculus Quest launch titles
Oculus Quest launch titles

Oculus Quest is a new standalone mobile VR headset with 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF) and two 6DOF motion controllers for $399.
Specifications and Key Features
List of launch games
Gameplay videos
Comparison vith Rift S and with other 6DOF mobile VR headsets
Price and availability

Specifications and Key Features

Here are its key specifications:

Resolution per eye1600 x 1440
Lens typeFresnel
Field of viewOculus claims "similar to Rift"
Refresh rate72 frames per second
IPD Adjustmentphysical, 58–72mm
Memory64GB or 128GB
Tracking6DOF, world scale
External sensorsNone
Controllerstwo controllers, 6DOF
ConnectivityUSB Type C
Price and availability$399 (64GB)
$499 (128GB)
Spring 2019

Here are more details about its key features:

Standalone VR headset:  The Quest does not need to be connected to a PC or a phone.  This means it is ready to be used right away.   No need to power up your PC or launch Oculus Home or Steam VR.

6DOF tracking:  Mobile VR headsets such as Gear VR and Oculus Go are typically limited to head tracking with 3 degrees of freedom.  They can track head rotation but not lateral or vertical head movement.  Oculus Quest can track with 6 degrees of freedom, which means that you can not only look in any direction but you can also move any direction. 6DOF tracking can create a much more convincing sense of presence, the illusion of feeling as if you are in another place.

No external sensors:  The Quest does not need any external sensors, so there’s nothing to setup.  Instead,  Quest uses Oculus Insight technology, which uses four cameras that can use computer vision to analyze the environment and track the Quest’s position in 3D space.

Completely wireless:  Desktop VR headsets such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive or Playstation VR require a cable connection to a desktop system.  The cable can interfere with gameplay and reduce immersion.  Unlike desktop VR headsets, the Quest is completely untethered.  Not only will you be able to move freely, but in addition, there is theoretically no limit to the tracking area.

High resolution display: Oculus Quest has a display resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye, 77% higher resolution compared to the Rift which has resolution of 1080 x 1200 per eye.  Pixels on the Quest are much smaller and it can show finer details such as small text.

Oculus Touch 6DOF controllers: Quest uses two Oculus Touch controllers that are each tracked with 6 degrees of freedom.  These are the same controllers as for Rift S.

Built-in audio: Quest has speakers built into the headstrap, similar to Oculus Go, which sound like invisible earphones.

Compatibility: Oculus has not yet said whether Quest will be compatible with the Gear VR / Oculus Go library.

Oculus Quest launch titles

Oculus posted a new trailer for the Oculus Quest that revealed some of the launch titles, including the VR boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory.  Also see the list of launch title games announced by developers below.   Here’s the new trailer:

Here is a list of the games shown in the trailer above (italicized titles are new):
Creed: Rise to Glory
Beat Saber
Sports Scramble
Robo Recall
Face Your Fears 2
Dead and Buried 2
Vacation Simulator (Holiday Title)
Journey of the Gods
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode 1

Other Oculus Quest launch titles confirmed by Oculus:
Space Pirate Trainer
Job Simulator
Shadow Point
Dance Central

Here are all the confirmed games, including many that have not been announced by Oculus, but have been confirmed as launch titles by their respective developers:

Apex Constructadventure; shooter
Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigsaction
Beast Petssimulation
Beat Saberaction
Covertmultiplayer; party
Cradle of Sinsmultiplayer; action
Creed: Rise to Glorysports
Crisis VRigadeshooter
Dance Centralrhythm
Dance Colliderrhythm
Dead and Buried 1multiplayer; shooter
Dead and Buried 2multiplayer; shooter
Death Horizonshooter; horror
Drop Dead: Dual Strike Editionshooter; horror
Eleven: Table Tennis VRsports
Exorcist: Legion VRhorror
Face Your Fears 2simulation; horror
First Person Tennissports
Fruit Ninja VRaction
Google Tilt Brushapp
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Sonadventure
High Fidelityapp
Honor and Duty: D-Dayshooter
I Expect You To Diepuzzle; adventure
Job Simulatorsimulation
Journey of the Godsadventure
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodesmultiplayer; party
Loco Dojosocial
Nature Treks VRmedia
Ninja Legends / Ninja Ikariaction
Nostosadventure; multiplayer
Pick-up League Hockeysports
Pixel Ripped 1989adventure
QuiVR Vanguardshooter
Racket Fury: Table Tennis VRsports
Range Day VRshooter
Rave Runnerrhythm
Real VR Fishingsports
Rec Roomsocial
Robo Recalladventure
Rhythm of the Universeadventure
Sairento VRadventure
Shadow Legend VRadventure
Shadow Pointpuzzle; adventure
Somnium Spacesocial
Soundscape VRrhythm
Space Pirate Trainershooter
Spice & Wolf VRmedia
Sports Scramblesports
Star Force VRshooter
Superhot VRadventure
The Brookhaven Experimentshooter; horror
The Climbsimulation
The Cooking Game VRsimulation
The Tower 2adventure
The Under Presentsadventure; multiplayer
Thumperrhythm; racing
Tokyo Chronosmedia
Vacation Simulator (holiday title)simulation
Vader Immortal Ep. 1: A Star Wars VR Seriesadventure
VR Furballsaction
VR Karts: Sprintsports
Bigscreen VRapp
Immersed VRapp
Virtual Desktopapp
VR Chatapp
VZfit Explorerapp

Oculus Quest gameplay videos

One of the best games that will be available for Oculus Quest is the smash hit Beat Saber:

Apex Control is a bow and arrow shooter / adventure:

Journey of the Gods is an adventure game where you switch between playing as a warrior and as a god.

Dance Central is a VR version of the dance game, with professionally choreographed moves.  It will be available for both Oculus Quest and Rift.  The video below shows the graphics from the Rift version.

Here’s another Oculus Quest gameplay video with Shadow Point, a room-scale puzzle game featuring Sir Patrick Stewart.

Comparison vs. Oculus Rift S

Many of the Quest games are ported from Oculus Rift.  However, playing those games with a completely untethered headset can add a new dimension of gameplay.  For example, with Beat Saber, it is possible for the player to spin freely.  In Superhot, the player will be able to move in almost any direction (while avoiding real-world furniture).  In Creed: Rise to Glory, with a large enough area, it is possible for the player to move around the ‘ring’ the same way they would in a normal boxing ring.  With the Rift, that is difficult to do because the cable gets in the way.

The tradeoff will be lower image quality compared to the Rift, but I believe the freedom of moving around should more than make up for it, in my opinion, for many games.  Here is a comparison between Quest and Rift S image quality on Dead and Buried 2, courtesy of UploadVR.

Here is a side-by-side comparison by Tyriel Wood:

How does Oculus Quest compare to other 6DOF mobile VR headsets?

Oculus Quest is not the first 6DOF mobile VR headset.  There are also headsets such as the Lenovo Mirage Solo, which uses Google Daydream 2.0, and HTC’s Vive Focus and Vive Focus Plus.  Qualcomm is also working on a 6DOF standalone VR headset.  The Quest, Mirage Solo, Vive Focus, and Vive Focus Plus all use the same Snapdragon 835 processor, while Qualcomm’s VR headset uses Snapdragon 845 and features eye tracking.

The Quest differs in two ways: first the Quest has two 6DOF motion controllers.  Lenovo Mirage Solo and Vive Focus have a single 3DOF motion controller (similar to Google Daydream 1.0, Samsung Gear VR, or Oculus Go).  Vive Focus Plus does have two 6DOF motion controllers.  Qualcomm’s VR headset’s controllers have not yet been revealed.

The other significant difference between the headsets is the software library.  Among the 6DOF VR headests, Oculus is expected to have the largest libary of apps because Oculus has made it easy to port apps from Rift to Oculus Quest.  Oculus is also screening games more carefully with the Quest, ensuring a higher quality standard than the games and apps for the other headsets.  With Facebook’s backing, Oculus has also been able to invest hundreds of millions for VR software development.

Price and availability

Oculus Quest will be available “Spring 2019” for $399 (64GB) or $499 (128GB).  There is speculation that it will be released at F8 Developer Conference (April 30 – May 1, 2019) or soon thereafter.

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