Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage today at F8, the company’s annual dev conference, to announce that both the standalone headset Oculus Quest and the next Rift headset, Rift S, are now available for pre-order. Additionally, he surprised the audience by announcing that everyone at F8 would be receiving a free Oculus Quest.
F8 attendees will receive their Quest on the same shipping date as everyone else who buys it, May 21st. Zuckerberg didn’t specify which version of Quest attendees would receive, be it the $400 64GB entry-level version, or the more expensive $500 128GB version.
Zuckerberg pulled a similar move at last year’s F8, where he announced that everyone would be getting an Oculus Go for free, the $200 3DOF standalone mobile VR headset.
In case you just started following along, Oculus Quest is the company’s first standalone VR headset with 6DOF tracking, meaning you don’t need external sensors or a PC to jump into many of the games that made the Rift what it is today.
Four embedded optical sensors track your head and controller movements in 3D space using Oculus’ Insight tracking system—the very same used on the company’s new PC VR headset, Rift S.
Games on Quest have to be specifically made for/ported to Quest by developers, so while you can’t play every Rift game out there, many of the fan favorites will be present in the 50+ title launch lineup. Some notables include: Superhot VR, Beat Saber, Robo Recall, Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs, Creed: Rise to Glory, Dead and Buried 2, I Expect You To Die, Job Simulator, Tilt Brush, Orbus VR, and many more.
To learn more about Oculus Quest, check out our full deep dive review on everything that makes the headset tick.