Fb unveils the Oculus Quest 2 – TechCrunch
Facebook is making its next steps in VR, Apple is releasing iOS 14 and the PlayStation 5 is getting a launch date. This is your daily crisis for September 16, 2020.
The big story: Facebook unveils the Oculus Quest 2
Facebook announced the smaller, cheaper follow-up to the Oculus Quest VR headset, which launches on October 13 at a starting price of $ 299. At the same time, Lucas Matney has already tried the device and sounded very impressed in his review:
This is the most compelling argument Oculus has made for VR since its inception. It’s still largely intended for gamers and will still be in danger of wowing mainstream users for a couple of weeks and then spending the rest of its life in the closet.
The announcement was part of today’s Facebook Connect event, at which the company also unveiled a virtual office space called the Infinite Office, announced a fitness tracking device, and announced plans to launch smart glasses next year.
Meanwhile RIP Oculus Rift.
The technology giants
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Startups, Financing and Venture Capital
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Advice and analysis of extra crunch
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