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Alleged Oculus Quest S image reveals streamlined design, strap changes

Facebook’s Oculus Quest all-in-one VR headset has solely been in shops for a bit over a yr, however experiences of a brand new model — an “S” fashion revision akin to the Oculus Rift S — have been circulating for months. Today, a picture of what seems to be the brand new mannequin leaked on Twitter (by way of WalkingCat), and it traces up with the early experiences, exhibiting a streamlined design with a number of small modifications to each the headset and its included controllers.

There’s no query the purported new design represents an effort to scrub up moderately than absolutely rethink the standalone Quest, which has incessantly been out of inventory since launch, because of each demand and obvious manufacturing challenges. The new design notably strikes the USB-C charging port off the entrance faceplate onto the facet, reflecting a change to the inner electronics, and removes the handbook inter-pupillary distance (IPD) slider discovered on the headset’s backside. These modifications possible contribute to a reported 10-15% lower in quantity that will make the brand new Quest extra comfy to put on for prolonged intervals, enabling it to fall from 1.25 kilos to roughly a pound in weight.

Horizontal head strap changes have seemingly been moved from the wearer’s temples to the again as a part of an up to date design for headset stability. The new strap doesn’t seem to have the head-molded form discovered within the unique Quest, as a substitute utilizing straight vertical and horizontal bands, whereas differing considerably from Facebook’s Oculus Go, Rift, and Rift S designs. While the positions of the primary Quest’s inside-out monitoring cameras look like largely related on the brand new design, the higher two appear to have shifted nearer to the faceplate’s edges.

Another conspicuous tweak includes the physique materials, which has apparently shifted from Quest’s canvas-like cloth to a clean plastic. The picture depicts a largely white chassis from entrance to again, interrupted by a black foam materials for the attention field, which historically advantages from use of the darkest doable materials across the wearer’s sight view. Updated controllers combine largely white frames with black management surfaces, seemingly with repositioned finger grip buttons, and could also be simpler for the headset’s monitoring cameras to see in darkish rooms. Reports have steered Facebook has additionally refined the controllers’ battery compartments however nonetheless doesn’t plan to incorporate rechargeable batteries, an ongoing Quest (and Rift S) annoyance.

Notably, the brand new design will not be anticipated to characterize a serious or really sequel-worthy change to the unique Quest by way of {hardware} efficiency. While the brand new mannequin will possible supply a quicker refresh fee, with assist for as much as 90Hz moderately than 72Hz show updates, different fundamentals — corresponding to decision and polygon efficiency — are believed to be related between the unique and redesigned fashions. Because of the similarities, the brand new mannequin might absolutely exchange the Quest or sit alongside it as an easier, cheaper model that replaces the just lately discontinued Oculus Go. Facebook beforehand supplied the Go as a $149 mannequin with restricted three diploma of freedom (3DoF) monitoring, so there’s area between there and the at the moment $399-$499 Quest for a brand new entry-level different.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the brand new Quest is scheduled to enter mass manufacturing on the finish of this month, which might make it accessible in time for the 2020 vacation purchasing season. Unlike the unique mannequin, which confronted 2019 vacation season backorders and continued to promote out as quick as Facebook might restock it, the brand new model is prone to be extra extensively accessible, as Nikkei suggests 2 million models will likely be manufactured by the top of 2020 — 50% greater than the prior yr’s complete output.

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