Oculus Quest 2 could also be within the works, as VR headset manufacturing ramps up
The battle for VR dominance is intensifying. Sources claim that a new Oculus VR headset could go into production soon.
Tech news website Nikkei has reportedly spoken to sources close to the matter, claiming that a new iteration of an Oculus VR headset will begin manufacturing before the end of July 2020.
However, the most informative is the production figures. Facebook, which acquired Oculus back in 2014, plans to produce two million units in the second half of 2020 alone. This is roughly double the number of VR headsets that Oculus produced in the same period last year.
The search for VR dominance
The large numbers certainly indicate confidence – both in the new headset and consumer interest at a time of economic uncertainty. The most pressing question, however, is what Oculus is planning for its new headset.
The standalone Oculus Quest headset was released in May 2019, and we anticipate a new iteration will be a standalone model as well – especially given that we released an update to the PC-attached Oculus Rift, the Rift, last year S, have seen.
It’s the Quest and other standalone headsets like this that really lead the way for VR, allowing for a wider range of motion and general flexibility in terms of accessing VR experiences – most of which are obviously VR games.
We could then see a small upgrade for the Quest – possibly a ‘Quest S’ model. The budget Oculus Go model was also discontinued last year, and we think it’s unlikely we’ll see an immediate successor, but it’s possible Oculus is planning a ‘Quest Lite’ model that will degrade performance a bit by Slightly lower the cost margin.