Oculus Quest Successor Reportedly Being Readied with Faster Refresh Rate, New Controllers

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Oculus is supposedly prepping a Quest successor which will iterate on the existing headset with a smaller form-factor, much faster freshen rate, as well as brand-new controllers. Rather than an outright Quest 2, it appears Oculus might be aiming initially for a Quest S.

According to a Bloomberg report pointing out unnamed resources, Oculus is examining multiple brand-new versions of Quest and also had plans to introduce the headset in late 2020, though the Coronavirus pandemic might press the headset back to 2021.

The resource told Bloomberg that some versions of the Quest follower are 10% to 15% smaller sized than the existing Quest and also lighter as well. Some of the weight can be reduced by removing Quest’s textile accents and redesigning the headstrap to be lighter, they stated. Oculus has previously revealed model headsets with considerable enhancements in form-factor, but that tech is most likely won’t leave the laboratory for time.

In addition it was claimed that the following Quest would certainly have a higher refresh rate of at the very least 90Hz, possibly as much as 120Hz, which is higher than the headset’s present 72Hz. A faster refresh rate implies smoother as well as extra comfortable movement in the headset, however is likely to require even more efficiency.

Oculus has previously stated that the present Quest’s displays are technically capable of 90Hz, but the business would have to re-certify the headset with governing bodies if they wished to alter that after the reality, something they were unwilling to do. Considered that at the very least some iterations of the Quest successor apparently utilize a 90Hz screen, it’s feasible that the new headset would still utilize the same display screens as current.

If 120Hz, we ‘d anticipate this would be a brand-new display entirely, and also that such a high refresh rate would certainly call for an upgrade from the current Qualcomm 835 cpu in Quest to something more powerful, unless Oculus chose to do something like interpolate 60 FPS to 120Hz (similar to PSVR).

Early Quest prototypes were mainly a hacked up Rift with a rear-mounted computer component|Image courtesy Oculus

The source informed Bloomberg that Oculus is working on a revamped controller for the headset to repair the problem of the battery cover sliding off throughout strenuous usage; the controller would supposedly be backwards suitable with the present Quest (as well as hence likely with the Rift S as well). Several of the Quest versions being developed preserve an IPD slider like the present headset, they stated.

The source also noted that the brand-new Quest design would continue to sustain Oculus Link, enabling the headset to tether to PCs to play high-end VR video games.

With what’s been reported so far, it appears quite such as this won’t be a Quest 2, but rather a ‘Quest S’ which would continue to be compatible with all existing Quest content. Some 3 years after the business’s very first PC VR headset, the Rift, Oculus decided to launch a Rift S in 2015 rather than a Rift 2. The Rift S was less costly than the initial Rift and also focused primarily on comfort features over improvements in equipment and performance.

Mission was originally released in May 2019, and also if a Quest follower remained in reality prepared for 2020 it would certainly be an extremely quick turnaround compared to existing precedent.

As stated, it was 3 years in between the Rift and the Rift S. It was roughly the very same amount of time in between the initial HTC Vive as well as the company’s next consumer-focused headset, Vive Cosmos. Sony meanwhile introduced its PlayStation Virtual Reality headset in late 2016 and still hasn’t revealed a next-gen headset, though it has just about verified that it’s coming eventually.

The Bloomberg record indicates, however, that the Coronavirus pandemic may have pushed that hostile refresh of Quest from late 2020 and also into 2021.