Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference, kicked off yesterday with the surprise announcement of a new high-end standalone VR headset. Dubbed Oculus Quest, the headset is being shown off at Connect in an array of colors outside of the initially advertised matte black.

Update (6:45 PM ET): Speaking to a Facebook spokesperson, Road to VR has learned that Oculus Quest will only be produced in black, and that the special colors shown at Connect were only to distinguish between teams. The original article follows below:

Original Article (September 27th, 2018): A purple and orange variant were seen in a special arena-scale demo of Dead and Buried, which is being positioned as an out-of-home offering.

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There’s currently no word from Oculus whether the colorful variants will be offered to consumers or businesses when the headset launches in Spring 2019, although it’s clear at very least the company is toying with the idea.

If the colored Quests do come to market though, this will be the company’s first ever color option for any of their headsets, as both Rift and Oculus Go respectively come in black and light grey.

Want to learn more about Quest? Check out our hands-on with Quest for a deep dive into everything we know about the headset.

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  • Get Schwifty!

    Mid-90’s Apple called and requests you not make the same mistake that Jobs had to fix….

    • NooYawker

      Please made fun of the colorful iMacs. Said beige is best. Today the same guys have neon lights and plexiglass on their computers.

      I don’t see what’s wrong with colors?

    • daveinpublic

      Jobs was the one who wanted colors.

      • Get Schwifty!

        Maybe so – but its been shown time and again that multiple colors don’t play well long term for sales of electronics, they tend to make units pricier due to unwanted stock. Focus on making it _good_. There is a reason black and gray persist in design of electronics.

        • sebrk

          Unwanted stock would lower the price which everyone who knows basic market economics knows.

  • fuyou2

    Oculus are retards…Wow. Different colors.GET YOUR SHIT RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE, colors aint gonna save you

    • bob gol

      ? this guy makes no sense, I can understand he might like the vive more, but no need to be a dick about it…

    • impurekind

      They’ve already got their sh*t right, more so than basically any other VR manufacturer out there just now (for the most part), so I think they’re earned the right to put out a few colours if they so choose.

    • Riley Prescott

      What “shit” do they not have right? Feels like Oculus is targeting the true future of VR. The quest is a pretty awesome move forward honestly.

    • Sven Viking

      “Road to VR has learned that Oculus Quest will only be produced in black, and that the special colors shown at Connect were only to distinguish between teams.”

  • Firestorm185

    Kinda wish they did this for the Rift, actually. black is totally ok, but if I could choose my own color for it I’d definitely have gone with a green or purple.

    • Jistuce

      I was about to suggest a can of spray paint, then I remembered the IR LEDs are hidden beneath the plastic and paint is going to be an issue.

      Actually, that’s probably the main reason that it only comes in black. Colored Rifts would be speckled with black dots where they had to be IR-transparent. Not that there’s anything WRONG with ladybug-style, mind you.

      • Firestorm185

        xD I can just imagine a fail meme with someone saying ” Spruced up my rift with some spray paint!” and everyone being horrified. xD

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  • Justos

    Those purple HMDs are sexy.

  • superdonkey

    well at least they didnt call it the oculus go pro

  • cj

    I wonder how much profit Oculus would sacrifice by offering additional colors. Then again, with Facebook piggy banking, Oculus can run a tab until mainstream VR-adoption happens (whether this generation or next–latter more likely).

    Overall, as a multi-gen Gear VR owner, I’m excited to try Oculus Quest. I’m not interested in babysitting a $1600 pc-tethered VR set-up. I’d rather get four Quests ($1600) and share local virtual experiences with family/friends. Games aren’t suppose to take over your whole life. They are just amusement when you’re bored with mundane reality.

    • jj

      Oculus isnt making any money off these or any of their products at this point. Their main objective is to undersell the entire market using FB money so that they have it cornered in a few short years. and its already working

  • nipple_pinchy

    I need a green one.

  • Darshan

    colors doesn’t matter at all… Better put SD845 inside instead of 835, by saving money from mis adventures..

  • jj

    Well with your oculus you”ll only be able to walk 5 feet… with this its wireless.
    So you could paint your headset like a dumbass, but your still going to be tethered.
    You obviously know all this, but instead of making a useful comment you just shit posted.

  • Peter K

    Does anyone know when we’ll be seeing a 4K headset from HTC/Oculus? It seems like it shouldn’t be too far off the corner, since the rtx hardwares can push 4k at over 90hz for a lot of games now

    • Sven Viking

      With 4K displays, you’d essentially need to render 2x4K for VR (with some optimisations), and Oculus won’t want to release something that can only be used on the few most expensive cards anyway.

      At Connect 5, Michael Abrash said a 4K-per-eye headset was possible now but wouldn’t be viable without foveated rendering and excellent eye-tracking, which he estimated would be in consumers’ hands within 4 years. Sounds like their current eye-tracking as seen in the Half Dome prototype doesn’t work reliably for “the entire population” (I guess it has trouble with certain eye colours/shapes/similar).

  • Kenji Fujimori

    Looks gay as fuck