Formerly known as Project Santa Cruz, the Oculus Quest is a standalone virtual reality headset developed by Facebook’s Oculus division. It’s been almost a year since its release last year in May. Now, there are rumors suggesting that Oculus is developing a lighter and smaller version of the original Quest headset.
Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that the prototypes under testing are not only smaller and lighter but also have a higher refresh rate and come with redesigned controllers. The 2019 Quest weighs about 1.25 lbs., which is “too heavy for some users wearing the device for extended periods.” The newer model, weighing around a pound, might see a weight reduction of about 10 to 15% compared to the original.
It should be noted that Oculus hasn’t pinned down the prototype that it plans to refine and release thus far. And whether Oculus completely replaces the original Quest or chooses to sell the newer model alongside it is also unclear at this point.
The firm originally planned to launch the new model by the end of this year around its Oculus Connect conference, but the current COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant delays that could keep the headset from hitting the shelves until 2021. Even the 2019 Quest’s stocks have been impacted by the global supply chain hits.