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Next-Gen VR Headsets Coming Soon That We Cant Wait To See!

by Lisa Hayden
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Next-Gen VR Headsets Releasing Soon That We Cant Wait To See!

Are you looking for a hyperrealistic way to play games, watch movies, exercise, learn, and create? There are new VR headsets on the way! Some are debuting as soon as April 2019. 

Oculus and VIVE are VR hardware companies that each have two new VR headsets ​​releasing very soon. The competitors both have a standalone headset and PC VR headset designed for consumer and professional use. 

Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest

Release for Spring 2019 and anticipated to cost around $399.

Oculus Rift headset owners have been dreaming about jumping into The Rift without a wire for some time now. The wire-free standalone headset doesn’t require a laptop or computer to run VR gamesand experiences. As an all-in-one, anyone can set it up and get it going right out of the box. What users get is 1600x1440 per eye OLED display resolution and 64 GB of storage.

The Oculus Quest ​​comes with two redesigned Touch Controllers. They have grip buttons, trigger buttons, A/B and X/Y buttons, and joysticks. With no outside sensors, the 6DoF and four inside-out sensor tracking coordinate dancing and diverse movements beyond room scale. 

Game time with Superhot, Dead and Buried II, Dance Central and over 50 titles at launch is exciting. The built-in audio is sure to make music in dance and rhythm games more like a party and enemies in your periphery like they’re in the living room with you.

Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset - 64GB
  • Next level gameplay: Launching with original games and experiences like Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series
  • All-in-one VR: Simply set up the device with your Oculus mobile app and Oculus Quest has everything you need to explore VR, right out of the box
  • Insight tracking: Oculus Insight tracking system instantly reflects your movements in VR without the need for any external accessories
  • Touch controllers: Oculus Touch controllers precisely recreate your hands, their gestures and interactions, so every game is real enough to reach out and touch
  • Beyond room-scale: Oculus Quest works with your environment, so you can play standing or sitting, in spaces big or small
Oculus Rift S

Release for Spring 2019 and expected to be priced around $399.

The Oculus Rift S is the next generation PC VR headset following the Oculus Rift. Those who wondered when Oculus’ next high-end headset would be released can stop holding their breath. What users with compatible laptops or computers will get are a VR headset that’s optimal for gaming, live streaming, and higher quality experiences overall. 

Gone are the days of extra USB adapters and wires for sensors, the Oculus Rift S has inside-out tracking. It’s five sensors will track body movements and Touch Controllers throughout a play space. No more being locked into forward facing games and experiences unless that’s what they’re designed for. It will also have Passthrough+ to see what’s going on outside the headset.

The 1280 x 1440 LCD display resolution per eye is a bit lower quality than the Oculus Quest, but at least there’ll be more games. Gamers and those just starting VR gaming will have titles like Asgard’s Wrath and Stormland to look forward to. Oculus took note of users desires for an easier to put on halo headset design and fit wheel with better cushioning for the face. 

Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
  • Top VR gaming library: Blast, slash and soar your way through the top library in VR gaming. Oculus Rift S lets you play hundreds of games and exclusives already available in the Oculus store, with so much more to come.
  • Improved Optics: Stare down the competition with next-generation lenses and a sharper display. Improved optics deliver bright, vivid colors and reduced "screen-door" effect.
  • Ergonomic Design: Keep your head in the game thanks to a halo headband redesigned with speed in mind. Rift S stays securely and comfortably in place with a quick twist of the fit wheel, so it can take-or double take-your fastest reactions.
  • Oculus Touch Controllers: Arm yourself with our updated Oculus Touch controllers. Your slashes, throws and grabs appear in VR with intuitive, realistic precision, transporting your hands and gestures right into the game.
  • Oculus Insight Tracking: Take a step forward with Oculus Insight. It translates your movements into VR no matter which way you're facing and provides room-scale tracking without external sensors.
VIVE Focus Plus

Release for April 15th at $799.

The VIVE Focus Plus is a standalone VR headset pivoted towards business and professional use. Its wireless design makes it portable so users can move from office to board room or expo floor when needed. It has inside out tracking with 6DoF movement so digital illustrations, plans, and designs capture diverse movements and in detail.

The pair of VIVE Focus Plus controllers match the headset with six-degrees of freedom to click, swipe, use virtual tools and play games with it. The controllers have a trackpad, trigger buttons, grip buttons, and buttons for menu and VIVE selections. Kiosk Mode, Gaze Support, and multiple headset monitoring make it a headset that’s suited for team use or group gameplay. 

It comes with a 2880x1600 and AMOLED display, which is excellent for seeing virtual worlds in 360. Interacting with training simulations will be as close to real as it can get. The Focus Plus also makes creating or playing new games and experiences from the VIVE WAVE Platform higher in visual quality than most mobile headsets.

HTC Vive Virtual Reality System
  • FREE CONTENT WITH PURCHASE - Two-month free trial of Viveport Subscription included with your purchase.
  • FULLY IMMERSIVE - True-to-life movements with realistic graphics, directional audio and HD haptic feedback.
  • PRECISION MOVEMENT TRACKING - 360-degree controller and headset tracking covers your movements to the millimeter, floor-to ceiling.
  • FLEXIBLE PLAY AREA - Room-Scale VR with just two base stations. Use VIVE seated, standing or in a space up to 15 feet x 15 feet.
  • POWERED BY STEAM VR - Enjoy over 2800 games for SteamVR, plus everything you love about Steam, including new releases, automatic game updates and millions of your closest friends, in VR.
VIVE Cosmos

Release date and price aren’t known yet.

With no outside sensors to line up, the VIVE Cosmos is a PC VR headset that’s used with a high powered gaming computer. Although mum’s the word about its release date and price, it’s said to be worth the wait for consumers. 

With two cameras on the headset and no outside tracking system, the set up should be smoother for those who aren’t great with new tech. For a PC VR headset, VIVE Cosmos is making the next generation easier to plug and play. There are rumors that it might connect to mobile devices as well.

VIVE says that the top-secret headset has RGB displays for crisper quality images and the headset and controller pairing allow for 6DoF movement. Instead of a trackpad-based controller system, the new controllers are redesigned to add joysticks and buttons.

The display can open upwards like a visor so taking breaks and handing it over to friends and family will be easier than other headset strap systems. The headset also has a crown design that rests ergonomically on the head for extended gameplay sessions. 

The original VIVE and the VIVE Pro had the VIVEPORT platform to play games from, and when VIVE Cosmos is out, they’ll have VIVEPORT Infinity. Their new monthly subscription platform allows users to play apps, games, and experiences to their heart’s content.

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