Facebook, owners of Oculus, are celebrating the first birthday of their newest baby today, the standalone-VR headset Oculus Quest.
” We’re about to celebrate an exciting milestone: the one-year anniversary of Oculus Quest and Rift S! From training your workforce to having fun with friends in multiplayer games, VR is transforming our ability to connect with each other from afar. Today, in honor of the anniversary, we’re sharing the latest VR updates that bring people together—with new ways to interact in games, new solutions for collaborating remotely, and more. ” Reads the article on the official Oculus Blog
The headset has been well supported with titles being redesigned from Oculus Rift to make more use of the free 360 degree environment offered by the Quest and from the millions of sales the headset has seen in the last year, making it the most successful VR system and boosting Facebook’s profits in return.
Rumours of a sequel to the headset, thought to be in development but with at least another few years to release, haven’t stopped sales of the fun wireless VR system and developers are reaping the rewards, too, with
more than 10 titles now generating over $2M in revenue on Quest since launch last year, including Moss and Pistol Whip. And SUPERHOT VR.
With lockdown in many countries forcing people to turn to other forms of indoor entertainment, the Quest has been in short supply recently but Oculus have been trying to keep up with demand both on their own website and by supplying third parties.
A new firmware update, which has rolled out to beta and is coming out fully, will provide the full release of hand tracking, finally allowing developers to use the feature in their games and apps, plus it now supports any cable linking to PC for Oculus Link, including the one in the box, which means even more people with a PC powerful enough to support it can try out the Oculus Rift games on their Quest as well as Steam VR support.
For those already in posession of a Quest, today also marks the start of a new anniversary sale on the Oculus Store, according to the Oculus Blog;
” On May 21 we’ll kick off an anniversary sale, “A Year of Quest,” to commemorate one full year of all-in-one VR gaming and entertainment. That same day, we’ll open up a sale on the Rift Platform to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rift S! Keep an eye on the Oculus Store on Quest and the Rift Platform for all the latest. “
We look forward to more journeys into VR with the Quest over the next year and can’t wait to see what both Oculus and VR software developers have in store.