The 128G Oculus Quest Headset is Back in Stock
With 10 days to the release of Half-Life: Alyx, there is finally some good news for VR enthusiasts.
The Oculus Quest has been sold out over the past few weeks and also heavily backordered. The $499 Oculus Quest 128GB VR headset version is now available (as at the time of writing) once more on Oculus’ official US website.
The Oculus Quest VR headset costs $399 for the 64GB version. However, both the 64GB and the 128GB editions of the standalone virtual reality headset were sold out in most retail outlets across the globe for the past few weeks. Facebook had cited the effect of coronavirus on the production schedule as the contributing factor to the shortage of the headsets. The restocking of the 128GB edition is a good sign. It good be an indication that Oculus is also planning to restock the popular 64GB edition soon.
The Oculus Quest VR headset is a great entry-level virtual reality headset. Its standalone functionality is its key winning feature. It is a more beefed up version Oculus Go with superb specifications that deliver a superior VR experience. The headset has dual displays that have a combined 2880 x 1660 resolution, a refresh rate of 72Hz, six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking that gives users better positional tracking. It also features dual hand controls.
Ever since it was released in May 2019, the headset has gotten some crucial upgrades. These include hand tracking feature and the Oculus Link connection that now allows users to plug the standalone Quest headset to a VR-ready PC to access the vast Rift library.
The main limitation with the 64GB version has been the size of the storage. The 64GB seemed sufficient at launch but there are now massive VR apps such as Vader Immortal that take up a lot of space. With so much content being launched on Quest, the 128GB Quest headset might just be the ideal device for avid VR users.
The Oculus Quest headset does not have external storage solutions so if you will be recording many of your gameplay videos, then you are better off with the 128GB Quest edition that will give you plenty of storage.
Demand for Oculus Quest headsets increased drastically with the announcement of the Oculus Link Beta connection in November last year. This wired mode transforms your Quest headset into a “Quest-PC”, enabling you to access more games in the vast Rift library. Oculus also unveiled an experimental hand tracking mode for Oculus Quest in December 2019. This will make it possible to play games on Quest without having to rely controllers. There are no major games that support the hand tracking mode at the moment but that is going to change in the future. The upcoming Half-Life: Alyx VR hit also drove the demand for VR headsets across board.
Facebook was supposed to make some major announcements in the recently cancelled Game Developers Conference which was shoved aside due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns. The tech giant is now expected to make some key announcements next week following the GDC 2020 cancellation.
To determine the latest availability of the Oculus Quest headsets, check out the company’s official website as well as the websites of its retail partners such as Amazon and Best Buy.
Would you buy the Quest 128GB VR headset? Let us know in the comments section. We will update you as the availability situation of the headset changes in the coming months.