Sep 16, 2020

Facebook boosts power and cuts price of VR headset

Facebook has unveiled its second-generation Oculus Quest virtual reality headset, promising higher-quality visuals at a significantly lower price than many had predicted. Use of the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, which is capable of handling higher-resolution 360-degree videos as well as more complex graphics. Experts the BBC spoke to ahead of the launch expected it to be anywhere from the same price as the original quest up to about a third more. While the coronavirus pandemic may have made the tech more appealing to consumers living under lockdown, it also constrained Facebook's ability to order more from its suppliers. "Shipment volumes across the VR sector are still extremely low compared to many other categories, and for now gaming is still the only category driving sales of the products," commented Francisco Jeronimo from the research firm IDC. A deal with Ubisoft to create made-for-VR entries in the Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series that will run natively on the Quest should add to its appeal.

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