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Facebook's Oculus to develop smaller, lighter successor to Quest VR headset

Facebook is reportedly developing multiple successors to the popular Quest VR headset that are smaller and lighter in design.

  • Published: May 6, 2020 9:27 AM IST
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The Oculus division of tech giant Facebook is creating a new version of its Quest VR headset. The popular Quest VR headset successor was initially planned to launch by the end of 2020. However, due to disruptions in various sectors caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, the launch will likely be pushed back. Also Read - WhatsApp set to get Facebook Messenger Rooms integration; reveals beta release

As per Bloomberg, Facebook is reportedly working on multiple successors to the virtual reality headset. Some of these new VR headsets are smaller and lighter than the Quest. Further, they also have a faster image refresh rate that allows more realistic content. Sources also mentioned that the new Facebook VR headsets will feature redesigned controllers. Also Read - Facebook Messenger Rooms launched, supports 50 people video calls

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Which of the multiple versions will be released is still up in the air. Even then, the final product to launch may be slightly different. The launch was initially planned during Facebook’s annual Oculus Connect conference. However, with the pandemic, the launch could go to next year. Also Read - Facebook launches Messenger Kids with more parental control in India

The report further mentions that some of the new Quest successor prototypes are 10 to 15 percent smaller, and hence, lighter. This makes them more comfortable to wear. This also allows us to easily wear the VR headset for longer since the current Quest headset weighs about 1.25 pounds (about 0.56 Kg).

Facebook may choose to either completely replace the current Quest with the new model or sell them both alongside each other. The company gained acquisition of Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion as a bet on VR as the future of digital communication. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had predicted that people would use the technology to connect with friends and family through shared virtual experiences.

We are still a long way out of that vision becoming fully mainstream. However, people are getting more aware of and shifting to virtual social circles lately due to the ongoing crisis. Limited content has also been somewhat a factor so far. How the Facebook and Oculus directions go by the time the end of the lockdown will be crucial.

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  • Published Date: May 6, 2020 9:27 AM IST