Thursday, July 23rd 2020

Potential Oculus Quest Successor Leaked

The Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset released in May 2019, the headset features a Snapdragon 835 and inside-out tracking. The headset has received various software updates bringing features such as hand-tracking and SteamVR tether support which have proved to be a hit with consumers. A leaked image of a potential Oculus Quest successor was posted on Twitter by @h0x0d which shows an iterative upgrade to the original headset.

The leaked image shows updated Oculus Touch controllers and general ergonomic improvements however, most improvements are likely to be internal with speculation of a faster screen and updated processor. This seems like a logical move for Oculus which recently discontinued their budget Oculus Go headset and announced their intentions to focus on Oculus Quest going forwards.
Source: @h0x0d
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5 Comments on Potential Oculus Quest Successor Leaked

#1
Mindweaver
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I hope this has the faster 845, 855, or 865 chip... Maybe even the snapdragon xr2 chip would be awesome. I'm also hoping for a wider fov.. but in the picture, you can see they removed the IPD adjustment which means they may have gone to a single screen like the Rift S. Honestly, I thought it was going to be an issue moving to a single screen with the Rift S, but I haven't noticed it. I'm a little over the recommended IPD, but it hasn't been an issue. It looks crisp and clear.
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Octavean
There is some speculation that rather then an updated and improved Oculus Quest 2.0 that this could a cheaper Oculus Quest. In a way that actually makes sense since the Oculus Go has been discontinued and there is nothing in that price range. Also the current Oculus Quest often goes out of stock and some people think the current Oculus Quest is too expensive.

So if they can make some compromises to lower the price (such as single screen, no physical IPD adjustment and so on) they can make VR more accessible.
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Franzen4Real
Mindweaver
I hope this has the faster 845, 855, or 865 chip... Maybe even the snapdragon xr2 chip would be awesome.
For sure I'm with you on that. The current one is just barely good enough, but I still see frame rate drops often. Another thing that I would like to see but is unlikely, is wireless Qi charging. I modded my old Go by putting a Qi pad on the front face and the wire just wrapped around the corner and plugged into the usb port on the side. Then I covered the face with 3M DiNoc vinyl to look like brushed aluminum. I could just sit my headset face down on a charge pad when not using it and covered the lenses. It was like a $13 mod. They could add the Qi pad to the inside face of the front cover and it would still charge no problem (similar to charging through a phone case).
Octavean
There is some speculation that rather then an updated and improved Oculus Quest 2.0 that this could a cheaper Oculus Quest. In a way that actually makes sense since the Oculus Go has been discontinued and there is nothing in that price range. Also the current Oculus Quest often goes out of stock and some people think the current Oculus Quest is too expensive.

So if they can make some compromises to lower the price (such as single screen, no physical IPD adjustment and so on) they can make VR more accessible.
I think those are all good points and seems very likely. Perhaps their plan is to scale down headsets year over year as manufacturing becomes cheaper until a next gen refresh occurs. So they launch CV1, and sort of scale down to Rift S with the non oled single screen and no IPD slider (though inside out tracking actually is a huge upgrade). Then release a flagship stand alone and scale down to a lower priced version until a 2.0 Quest releases. I guess in my opinion i kind of prefer this over releasing a 1.5 version of a headset that is just a few minor upgrades. When CV2 launches (or Quest 2 for that matter), I want a full blown next gen design where every aspect of the hmd has been considered and improved upon and not just a Vive--->Vive Pro situation.
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Octavean
Franzen4Real
For sure I'm with you on that. The current one is just barely good enough, but I still see frame rate drops often. Another thing that I would like to see but is unlikely, is wireless Qi charging. I modded my old Go by putting a Qi pad on the front face and the wire just wrapped around the corner and plugged into the usb port on the side. Then I covered the face with 3M DiNoc vinyl to look like brushed aluminum. I could just sit my headset face down on a charge pad when not using it and covered the lenses. It was like a $13 mod. They could add the Qi pad to the inside face of the front cover and it would still charge no problem (similar to charging through a phone case).



I think those are all good points and seems very likely. Perhaps their plan is to scale down headsets year over year as manufacturing becomes cheaper until a next gen refresh occurs. So they launch CV1, and sort of scale down to Rift S with the non oled single screen and no IPD slider (though inside out tracking actually is a huge upgrade). Then release a flagship stand alone and scale down to a lower priced version until a 2.0 Quest releases. I guess in my opinion i kind of prefer this over releasing a 1.5 version of a headset that is just a few minor upgrades. When CV2 launches (or Quest 2 for that matter), I want a full blown next gen design where every aspect of the hmd has been considered and improved upon and not just a Vive--->Vive Pro situation.
We also heard of a leaked Oculus Jedi controller but I'm not sure what happened with that.

Generally I agree with what you've said. The one thing that I'm not 100% with is the inside-out tracking being a huge upgrade. In some ways its a downgrade IMO. The setup of the new inside-out tracking is easier which makes it easier to use VR in multiple locations. This can make VR easier to use in general. However, the actual quality of the tracking specific to the controllers has taken a hit. The old Oculus Rift (with Oculus Touch controllers outside-in ) tracking sensor setup had a higher degree of difficulty but had better overall tracking of the controllers. So the end results were better overall. Two Oculus sensors were really good and three even better. The old tracking was nearly as good as the Steam tracking (Vive and Valve).

So its a pick your poison type of situation. Easy setup with debased end results or harder setup with nearly bulletproof controller tracking. Don't get me wrong, the new inside-out tracking is probably around ~95% as good as the old outside-in tracking so it made sense to change over.
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#5
Octavean
There were additional photos of this Oculus HMD which lend some more credibility to the notion that it is a real in production product not just a mock-up.

Given the look of the product in the photos it seems as if this is a lower end product then the current Oculus Quest. The strap is a cross between the Oculus Go in that it looks like its made of fabric. Couple that with the lack of a physical IPD slider and likelhood of having a single display rather then two you're lead to suspect that it will have a lower resolution then the current Oculus Quest.

No fabric on the body of the HMD also lends to the idea that this isn't suppose to be a premium product.

I'm guessing it will cost less then the 64GB Oculus Quest which is ~$399. So perhaps this new Oculus HMD will be something around ~$299 USD and serve as the new entry level product.
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