Interesting news regarding the new headset from oculus that has had a cloud of rumors circulating it.
Recently you may have heard of the oculus delmar, the code name of the new headset that has been leaked accidentally by oculus themselves along with the codename Jedi controller. Other than a few details found in another leak of a hardware driver, not much has been said on the topic until now.
Oculus is building a quest successor that is smaller, has a high refresh rate, lighter, with redesigned controllers which matches the leaks that we’ve previously gotten regarding the Jedi controller.
The headset was set to release at the end of 2020, delayed until 2021.
Some more precise details on the new headset the report says that the headset may be 20% lighter and 15% smaller in total size. In case you like the idea of high refresh rate displays like the VALVE INDEX, Bloomberg says that Facebook has been testing 120 Hertz displays for this new headset. This report does not say anything about a new chip, but I would assume that the new quest would have the more powerful xr2 that was recently released, that provides nearly twice the performance over the older snapdragon a35 that the quest currently has. It’s also said in the report that while in standalone mode, the headset will likely limit itself to 90Hertz for battery reasons, but if this headset has anything similar to the oculus link to play PC games, the 120 Hertz option would likely be an unlocked.
This has some massive implications, so far the only headset on the market capable of high refresh rates, are the valve index, star vr one, and some various PI max headsets. If oculus does bring a headset to market with a high refresh rate, then high refresh rate headsets will become the industry standard which after using my index for almost a year now, I think is a really good idea.
Oculus is looking to change up the materials used on the headset as well as change the head strap for a different system entirely. They will move from a Velcro system that we’ve seen for years to an elastic system, as well as removing the fabric on the side of the headsets, this is both for a cost-saving measurement, lowering the manufacturing cost per headset, as well as a tactic to increase the production rate.
Another gigantic leak for the headset could be an increased FOV, oculus showed off a set of lenses that could achieve a 20% wider FOV, while being smaller than the current lenses used in the quest.
The controller with all their new features, a new design, will be backwards compatible with the existing oculus quest, so you do have some sort of upgrade path.
I can imagine that a lot of people are wondering if they should ditch their quest or rift S while it still has value, or some people are wondering if they should just wait to buy one at all. If this is the supposed Del Mar with 120 Hertz refresh rate, wider FOV, smaller, lighter, and just better overall, i think you should wait, you’ll just have a better experience on the new headset.
Your quest and rift s are not going to be deemed completely obsolete. If the new headset does in fact have the xr2 chip which is significantly be more powerful, I can imagine that games will take advantage of the new chip, in ways that the Snapdragon 835 on the quest just can`t.
We don’t know anything on price yet, which should be a major factor when choosing a headset, and this could be extremely expensive or it could be along the same price.