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Introduced VR-helmet Oculus Quest: without wires and with six degrees of freedom

Just think about it: about 20 years ago, people admired pixel video games on set-top boxes. Over the following years, computer games were improved in terms of graphics and gameplay, and as a result, the industry presented a completely new level of immersion in games - virtual reality. One of the first helmets to enter the virtual space was the Oculus Rift. Then Facebook (the owner of Oculus) presented its budget version - Oculus Go. Now it’s time for a helmet that combines the features of these two devices - the Oculus Quest.

The novelty was presented on September 26 as part ofThe fifth in a row conference Oculus Connect. According to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the device has become an ideal system for VR immersion: it is free from wires, equipped with controllers and picks up every movement of a person. It is intended primarily for games and closes the first generation of devices, opening the way for new models.

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Oculus Quest does not require a computeror smartphone - calculations occur in electronics hidden inside the case. Unfortunately, the amount of RAM used by the processor and battery capacity is kept secret.

User head movements are recognizedthanks to the Oculus Insight system. The four sensors included in it create a 3D map of the space and recognize six degrees of movement of the user's head. In contrast to the Oculus Go, the novelty allows you to move freely around the room and captures head movements in any direction.

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The resolution of the displays aimed at each eye,is 1600 × 1440 pixels. The capacity of the built-in storage device is 64 GB - 50 games are stored in it. Among them is a shooter Robo Recall, which previously required the presence of an Oculus Rift helmet and a powerful computer. Two controllers with standard action buttons, hammers and analog sticks are used for control.

Home sales helmet Oculus Quest is scheduled for spring 2019. The cost will be 399 dollars.

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