WalkingCat returns with additional photos of the rumored Quest follow-up.
Two days ago Twitter user WalkingCat posted an image of what appears to be a follow-up to Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset.
Today, the well-known leaker, previously responsible for releasing photos of the HP Reverb G2 ahead of its reveal, released several additional photos showing the same model from a variety of different angles.
In the photo provided above you can spot both a built-in microphone as well as integrated audio technology located within the head strap, nearly identical to that of the Oculus Quest and Oculus Go.
The photo is accompanied by the caption “15 Sept,” hinting at a possible September reveal. This lines up with past Oculus Connect conferences, each of which held in September in San Jose, California. This past April, Facebook announced that OC7 would be switching to a virtual format as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. It’s entirely Facebook is saving the reveal of its next piece of hardware for the annual event.
In addition to WalkinCat’s leaks several other images have since sprouted up Reddit, showing off even more angles of that same model, only this time in a real-life setting. The person responsible for the leak has since deleted their post as well as their account. It appears as though someone may have goofed.
Looking at the photos side-by-side, the similarities between this model and that of the Oculus Go are striking. In addition to the near-identical color scheme, this model ditches the rubber head strap in favor of an all-cloth design similar to the Go.
Whether we’re seeing images of a Quest 2. Quest 1.5, or Quest Lite remains to be seen. While the physical similarities to the Oculus Go hint at a potential budget-friendly version of the Quest, though $400 already seems like a fairly reasonable entry price for 6DoF standalone VR.
Oculus developer John Carmack has stated in the past that the team would have incorporated a screen identical to that of the Rift S and Go in the original Quest if it weren’t for the fact the headset was built around the OLED panels. With the removal of a mechanical IPD slider, perhaps Oculus has finally made it possible to implement LCD technology, allowing for an improved visual experience.
Image Credit: WalkingCat