Published on May 2nd, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Oculus Quest is a VR Gaming Revelation, but Who is it For?
In this the year of new VR systems, the Oculus Quest seems to be the frontrunner. Adam Rosenberg at Mashable wonders just exactly which audience will adopt it the most fervently. It will be up to developers to create applications that are valuable whether that means fun for the public or functional for the enterprise. Here’s looking at you, developers.
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It was apparent pretty quickly after I started messing around with it: Oculus Quest is the best virtual reality platform out there and it isn’t even close. But I still wonder how far it can really go.
In video games, graphics tend to get the most fanfare. If something is dull but it looks especially pretty, it’s generally going to attract a more favorable response. So when we see some new VR tech announced, like Valve’s high-end Index, the focus tends to center on resolution. How much better does this new hardware look compared to all the rest?
Quest, which is out on May 21 alongside the second-generation Rift S, challenges that notion. It’s wireless VR, but with significantly more power than mobile solutions like Gear VR or cardboard. What you see inside the headset doesn’t look bad by any stretch — far better than mobile options, certainly, and roughly on par with the Rift — but the thing that makes it appealing is its all-in-one design.
You don’t need sensor stations or an external PC. There’s a smartphone app that handles day one setup, casting, and store purchases (there’s also an in-headset store), but that’s it. All of the heavy lifting is handled by the Quest; you just put on the headset, spend a minute or so setting up your play area, and you’re off.
The experience sells itself. All it takes is a couple rounds of Beat Saber, a game that I’d argue is the first real “killer app” for VR. It’s a rhythm game where you hold different-colored lightsaber-like energy swords in each hand. You play by slicing boxes in half as they slide down a Guitar Hero-like note highway. Arrows on each box tell you which direction to slice. There are also obstacles to dodge and bombs to keep your swords away from.
The soundtrack is filled with fast-moving techno beats that are meant to get your body moving. It’s an astonishingly powerful VR experience regardless of the hardware you’re using, but Quest feels like the ideal home for Beat Saber. You’re not wired to anything, so you’re completely free to lose yourself to the rhythm.