In this new segment, we bring you the last week’s highlights from within the immersive tech industry.
Let's start with HTC, one of the pioneers of modern-day VR. As far as standalone headsets go, they've given us the Vive Focus and the Vive Focus Plus, and there might be some more exciting news on the way. If this is true, it'll definitely give the Oculus Quest some real competition in the standalone 6DOF category. Rumours of the new Focus headset started after a post was spotted on Geekbench.com. The post seems to indicate that the new iteration is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, which would be capable of giving the device hand tracking, eye tracking, high-resolution pass-through AR, and a 5G connection for wireless streaming.
Exciting news for sure but no official reports have been published.
Next up - a quest for a quest. If you want to get your hands on an Oculus Quest then I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. The Quest appears to be out of stock everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Is it a coincidence that this is happening just one week before the Facebook Connect Conference? I don't think so... The website Road To VR reports that having done a stock availability check for direct purchases from Oculus.com for both the 64GB and the 128GB versions of the Quest, and states that the headsets are sold out across all regions, in every part of the world. In addition, multiple third-party retailers have also been spotted listing the Quest as discontinued.. Now we all know the Quest is a great option when it comes to standalone headsets, and is a very popular option within the VR community. Plus earlier this year Facebook put out a statement that COVID-19 would affect stock availability. But is there more to this than meets the eye?
Last month, leaked images of a rather striking white headset, that looks a lot like the current Quest appeared online. This started rumours that this was in fact the new Quest headset, with speculation that the official announcement would come during the annual conference on the 16th of September. Which is only next week, so not long to wait…
Finally, to wrap things up, we thought to give a shout out to two entrepreneurs looking to bring an affordable VR headset to market.
Max and Gabrielle were only 15 when they built their first HMD from scratch, because they simply couldn't afford to buy an off-the-shelf device. If it's not impressive enough that two 15-year-olds can build a working headset, they did it for under 200 dollars, and then made the build documents open-source! The product became known as Relativity, and they are currently looking to raise seed investment, as well as looking to hire a team of experts that can help them to bring their overall vision to life.
If you want to find out more, please head on over to Relativity.com.