Oculus plans to kill off PC-only VR in 2021

Oculus plans to kill off PC-only VR in 2021

After launching its newest standalone VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2, on Wednesday, Facebook quietly dropped a bombshell: Oculus is transferring away from PC-only VR headsets.

The firm that launched the original Oculus Rift in 2016, which relied on the PC’s native CPU for the rendering, stated in a blog post that it “won’t pursue PC-only hardware” any extra. 

”We’re going to concentrate on standalone VR headsets transferring ahead,” the corporate stated. “We’ll now not pursue PC-only {hardware}, with gross sales of Rift S ending in 2021. That stated, the Rift Platform isn’t going anyplace. In truth, we’ve seen important development in PC VR by way of Oculus Link, and the Rift Platform will proceed to develop whereas providing high-end PC VR experiences like Lone Echo II and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond properly into the long run.”

Oculus stated that it’ll part out the original Oculus Quest, the standalone headset that Facebook started promoting in 2019. “Our goal with the original Quest was to bring standalone VR to as many people as possible,” Oculus stated. “We’re doubling down on that goal with Quest 2.”

It’s unclear what Facebook and Oculus plan with the “Rift platform,” although it seems that the corporate sees the Oculus Link Cable because the bridge between PC-powered VR and the standalone world  The firm’s webpage says the cable presents the chance to play “the best of both worlds,” and that the cable “unlocks the ability of your PC so as to add gorgeous graphics and heart-pounding gameplay to your VR experiences.”

In any occasion, we referred to as the Oculus Rift S “an incremental update” in our Oculus Rift S review, noting that of the Quest and the Rift S, the Quest was the extra attention-grabbing gadget. The Rift S additionally shipped to PCWorld in a reasonably buggy state, although a alternative solved these points, 

It’s unclear, although, what this announcement will imply for builders who had designed video games that have been optimized for the Oculus Rift platform, powered by the PC. Oculus introduced a number of video games that have been coming to the Quest 2 platform, together with multiplayer variations of Beat Saber; Population One, a VR battle-royale recreation, and Jurassic World: Aftermath, plus VR-specific variations of Assassins’ Creed and Splinter Cell.

 

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