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Technology Facebook's Black Friday Oculus and Portal sale: $50 off, or Quest plus free Star Wars

19:53  19 november  2019
19:53  19 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Oculus Link turns every Quest into a Rift this November

  Oculus Link turns every Quest into a Rift this November Oculus Quest owners will soon have access to the entire library of Rift PC experiences, but not in the way you'd expect. Today at the Oculus Connect 6 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Oculus Link, a new feature that'll let Quest owners connect their headsets to gaming PCs with a USB-C cable. Basically, it turns that standalone headset into a fully functional Oculus Rift. Zuckerberg said the feature will work with most USB-C cables, and it'll be available this November.

Facebook makes products, in case you didn't know: Oculus VR headsets, and the Portal line of video-chat tablets and cameras. FWIW, they'll be on sale through the holidays, but maybe not at the deals you were looking for.

a bright light in a dark room: Darth Vader in VR isn't a bad freebie at all. ILMxLab© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Darth Vader in VR isn't a bad freebie at all. ILMxLab

The best VR headset of the year, and a CNET Editor's Choice, is the Oculus Quest. Bad news: it won't be on sale this holiday. Good news: it's being bundled with $30 in free Star Wars games as part of a Black Friday promotion.

Star Wars: Vader Immortal, a $10-an-episode three-part exclusive cinematic experience that's a great ride and excellent demo of what Oculus Quest can do, can be redeemed for free if you buy the Quest from November 21st at 9AM PT through January 31st, 2020. The final chapter arrives this week: I've been playing it, and it's great.

Oculus Link will turn your Quest into a PC VR headset in November

  Oculus Link will turn your Quest into a PC VR headset in November A single USB-C cable will stream Rift content.At the Oculus Connect developer conference on Wednesday, the VR company announced Oculus Link. The software update, expected later this year, will link the Quest to a PC with a single USB-C cable, and will work as a headset to play PC-based content.

a bright light in a dark room: A lightsaber battle in VR with Darth Vader caps off Oculus' three-part episodic series.© ILMxLab

A lightsaber battle in VR with Darth Vader caps off Oculus' three-part episodic series.

The more limited-time deals are on the $50 (and $30 off) deals, running from November 28 to December 2.

  • OculusRift S: $349 ($399)
  • Oculus Go 32GB: $149 ($199)
  • Oculus Go 64GB: $199 ($249)
  • Portal: $129 (normally $179)
  • Portal Mini: $79 (normally $129)
  • Portal TV: $99 (normally $149)
  • Portal +: $249 (normally $279)

Keep in mind: the Oculus Rift requires compatible gaming PC to work, and Oculus Go, Facebook's lower-end standalone VR headset, runs different apps from the newer Quest and it's stationary, lacking move-around-the-room full-motion tracking.

As for Facebook's Portal devices, keep in mind that Portal is locked to Facebook, and we don't even recommend you consider the Portal TV (though you are, of course, welcome to disagree).

Oculus Quest is getting Go apps and improved Passthrough

  Oculus Quest is getting Go apps and improved Passthrough If being able to use the Oculus Quest as a PC VR headset wasn't exciting enough, Facebook is also adding some other new features soon. First up, the Quest will get Oculus Passthrough+, which lets you see a stereoscopic view of the outside world whenever you hit the borders of your playspace. It's something that the Rift S already offers, and it'll be a huge improvement over the flat, 2D version of Passthrough currently on the Quest. You'll alsoAdditionally, Facebook is bringing over Oculus Go titles to the Quest, starting with 50 Go apps next week. You'll also be able to upgrade to the Quest versions of any apps you've purchased on the Go until the end of the year.

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Oculus Link beta is ready to turn your Quest into a PC VR headset .
At last, your Oculus Quest is ready to double as a PC VR headset. Oculus has released a Link beta that lets you use Rift titles on the Quest when you're physically connected to your PC. You'll want a long, "high quality" USB 3 cable (Oculus suggests 10 feet), and the system requirements are fairly stringent. The beta currently supports only most recent NVIDIA GPUs, and it's recommended that you have the same processor and RAM specs you'd needIf you expect to use the Quest frequently with your PC, you'll have a better cable option very shortly. Oculus plans to ship a 16.4-foot custom optical fiber cable that will deliver "maximum throughput" while giving you more freedom than most existing USB cables.

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