Oculus made a couple of announcements at their developer conference, Oculus Connect 5, including their most powerful standalone headset, Oculus Quest, updates to Rift and more.
Oculus’ Project Santa Cruz is now called Oculus Quest. The headset offers six degrees of freedom and Touch controllers without the needing to be powered by a PC.
The company says that there will be more than 50 titles that will be playable on Oculus Quest at launch, including Robo Recall, The Climb and Moss.
The headset has a display with a resolution of 1600×1440 per eye with lens spacing for maximum comfort. It also has built-in headphones which offer high-quality and immersive sound.
Oculus Quest will be available in Spring 2019 for $399 USD.
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series
Oculus and ILMxLAB announced a new title for Oculus Quest called Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series.
“Our mission at ILMxLAB is to have fans ‘Step Inside Our Stories,’ and Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series represents a significant step forward in that ongoing quest,” says Vicki Dobbs Beck, ILMxLAB Executive in Charge. “Our friends at Oculus share ILMxLAB’s ambition to bring compelling immersive narratives to life, and using Oculus’ hardware, we will invite fans to experience Darth Vader as never before.”
The 3-episode series will tell an untold story set in the Star Wars universe. ILMxLab is working with David S. Goyer for Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series. Goyer also worked with ILMxLAB to produce Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire for the hyper-reality experience, The VOID.
“Whether it’s hearing Darth Vader’s breathing behind you and physically turning to face him in person or wielding a lightsaber with your own hands, Vader Immortal captures the ultimate wish fulfillment,” says Oculus Head of Experiences Colum Slevin. “Untethered VR immerses you in this universe and places you at the center of this amazing story.”
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series will launch in 2019.
Core 2.0 for Oculus Rift
Oculus also announced that the Core 2.0 update for Oculus Rift will be rolling out today and will offer new dev tools and social features.
Updates to Oculus Go
Oculus also announced that YouTube VR will be coming to Oculus Go as well as Casting to your phone or TV later this year.
Oculus also announced something called Hybrid Apps which allow desktop software developers to add a VR mode to their apps.
Oculus is currently working with a limited set of partners on Hybrid Apps.