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Oculus Go Emulation Coming to The Quest

Oculus plans to bring Go emulation to the Quest later this year, primarily letting apps engineered for the lower-powered Oculus Go headset to be played on the powerful and six degrees of freedom-enabled Oculus Quest.

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John Carmack, CEO of Oculus, tweeted regarding the project’s progress, saying that the feature also seeks to inspire developers to upgrade their Oculus Go applications as “proper ‘hybrid’ Go/Quest apps with explicit support.”

Both the Go and the Quest are standalone VR headsets, but the features offered by each are very alike. The Go released in May 2018 as a standalone headset meant to be a middle ground between smartphone and PC powered VR in terms of both power and cost.

There are many features and modifications, but some are particularly noteworthy. These three changes are available on each device. First, a search bar now extends throughout the VR expertise. Second, the devices now support Bluetooth keyboards. This is particularly helpful for anyone using their VR headset as a virtual desktop. Third, users can now follow games, developers, and genres to stay updated on available content.

While the Go offers limited head and controller tracking, the standalone Quest headset focuses to provide an experience closer to its PC-tethered counterpart, but without needing any external device to run along with inside-out, 6DOF capable tracking.

Carmack explains that, in certain cases, emulated Go apps “do magically get a 6DOF headset and controller tracking, as well as higher resolution and frame rate,” but that the team will also be working with developers to test how games function when emulated on the Oculus Quest.

Reportedly, the Oculus Quest received several features and enhancements that won’t ship to its sibling headsets. Users can now adjust the sensitivity of the Guardian system and modify the floor height of the guardian system without the whole boundary. The Oculus Quest Touch Controllers’ tracking has improved with this update once nearer to the headset. Additionally, users can now use both Touch Controllers at once when using the keyboard, Oculus Store, Library, and other elements.

James J

James has been writing about tech since 2009 after spending 25 years in a computer research lab studying and improving the future of computers. He watches Netflix sci-fi with his pet, enjoying spicy snacks.
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