MENLO PARK (dpa-AFX) – Facebook is pushing ahead in the VR glasses business with a significant price reduction. The new model of the Oculus Quest glasses, which do without an additional computer, will cost 299 dollars in the US – 100 dollars less than the previous version, as Facebook announced on Wednesday. In Germany, the device will initially not be available because Facebook is arguing with a previously unspecified regulatory authority.
The Oculus Quest 2 will hit the US market on October 13th. It weighs less than the previous model and has a new chip. This was developed by the semiconductor group QUALCOMM especially for the display of virtual reality (VR), in which users can immerse themselves in digital worlds. A new LCD display with 50 percent pixels should provide a better picture. The first Quest model had two separate screens using OLED technology.
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Computer screens are displayed in the glasses. A keyboard comes from the accessories provider Logitech – users should be able to see their typing fingers in the glasses. The function should initially be available on Quest 2 as a test.
In Germany, Facebook stopped selling Oculus glasses at the beginning of September. Talks with regulators are pending, the online network announced without further information. The move followed the announcement that buyers of new devices – and from 2023 all users – must log in with their Facebook accounts. Previously there were separate Oculus profiles that did not necessarily have to be linked to the Facebook data./so/DP/fba