The fifth Oculus Connect developer conference is underway in San Jose, California this week. Besides being a place for VR developers to meet up and discuss the future of immersive technologies, Facebook — the owner of Oculus — laid out its next steps for where VR (and AR) will head.
And yes, that includes new hardware: the 99 wireless Oculus Quest VR headset.
Here’s what’s coming:
- Oculus Quest standalone VR coming spring 2019 for 99: The new platform slots in between the current 99 Oculus Go and the original Oculus Rift, also currently 99. But, unlike the Rift, the Quest is completely wireless and it’s made for games
- Zuckerberg still wants to get 1 billion people into VR, but it’ll take a while
- Expressive Avatars will be available later this year
- Oculus mobile app now supports Rift
- Oculus Product Manager Sean Liu announced Oculus Go updates to make content look better; allow for casting to mobile devices and eventually TVs; and the launch of YouTube VR support
- Facebook’s Oculus Go is getting YouTube VR
- NBA games are coming this fall to Oculus Venues.
- Vader Immortal, a three-part Star Wars VR experience, will be available in 2019 as a launch title for the Oculus Quest.