#QuestCountdown is a closely followed hashtag amongst the Virtual Reality community just now. We are only hours away now from hearing potentially crucial information about the much anticipated Oculus Quest release date. Many of us are hoping that we will be able to purchase them immediately especially as it has been such a long drawn out marketing campaign from the team at Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg first announced the Oculus Quest (previously Project Santa Cruz) at OC5 on 26th September 2018 and since then we have been drip fed snippets of details along the way. 7 months later I write this blog post and I believe that we are less than 24 hours away from being able to pre-order this latest headset and I am HYPED!
Announced on 18th March:
Shadow Point (*Designed specifically for Quest)
Journey of the Gods
Dead and Buried II
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series
Announced on the 25th March:
Space Pirate Trainer
Announced 3rd April (Oculus Blog controversially title copy includes ‘Welcome to week x minus 1′ resulting in some criticism):
OrbusVR Reborn (*imaging designed specifically for Quest)
Announced 10th April:
I Expect You To Die
Face Your Fears II
The Exorcist: Legion VR
Announced 17th April:
Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs
Fruit Ninja VR
Chris Jurney Head of Development Strategy at Oculus said in this week’s blog due to the continued frustration of this long drawn out piece of marketing – ‘I thought I’d clear everything up on our plans for launch of the device, when you can finally get all these great games in your own hands. We’re still targeting Spring! We’re actively working with all these developers and more who are frantically squeezing beetles, birds, fish, fruit, and air into tight binary packages for you to enjoy on Day 1 of Oculus Quest. I’m looking forward to that specific, tantalizingly close day in the future when everyone can enjoy these great games’.
Announced 24th April: (Comments from the public on the Oculus blog are getting progressively more impatient this week. There is also concern brewing that there may be no news about when everyone can finally get their hands on one during the F8 announcement at this rate!)
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
VR Karts: Sprint
National Geographic Explorer VR
The night before Christmas…?
With only hours left until we hear more from Oculus and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg we can only hope to hear something much more satisfying than the weekly snippets we’ve been used to over these last few very loooong weeks. Ultimately the only piece of the puzzle missing is when. When can we buy it, when can we receive it, when can we try it out for ourselves, just when?!
F8 keynote will begin on (tomorrow!!!!!) April 30, 2019 at 10AM PDT/6PM GMT. You can watch the livestream online or in VR via Oculus Venues (so long as you have an Oculus Go Headset). Links to register below. I’m powering up my Go as I type -)
Sometimes some of the VR community host livestream events themselves so you can interact/chat whilst cool and interesting things are announced. If I see anything like that taking place then I will tweet them out for you via @TheHappyLass.
Sleep well (if you can…) and I’ll you in the Metaverse tomorrow my friends! #QuestCountdown