Companies around the world are looking more and more at using Virtual Reality as a corporate tool. One of the main use cases that we saw until now has been VR Training but we can also notice an increased usage of VR for Marketing, long distance meetings or virtual visits.
While this encouraging for the VR industry, it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen (yet) a massive adoption of the technology by companies. This is mainly due to VR headsets being complicated to setup, too expensive or not useful enough (for mobile VR headsets mostly).
Indeed a company that wishes to jump into the VR train would have to pay thousands of dollars to get access to only two Oculus Rift stations (headset + PC) and will have to perform the same actions every time they want to use them:
- Light-up the pc
- Wire the headset
- Wire the trackers
This is just too complicated, especially for non-tech savvy users… If they don’t want to get access to AAA VR experiences they can use mobile VR devices such as the Oculus Go (this is Walmart has done) but the controller being only 3 degrees of freedom is an issue, especially for training purposes where users have to interact with their environment.
So companies are stuck between picking some hardware that they will have trouble using or picking a device that doesn’t allow VR to express its full potential.
But the Quest is coming… And it’s going to change everything.
The Oculus Quest is the perfect VR headset for companies
The Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset that comes with two 6 degrees of freedom controllers. Which means that it doesn’t require any PC to work and users will be able to interact with their environment (grab, throw, push) with their hands just like they can do with the Touch or Vive controllers. It also comes with built-in sensors that detect your position in the real world so that every movement that you make in your physical space can be replicated in VR.
And it’s expected to cost less than $500! It’s a huge news for the Virtual Reality industry. Companies will be able to use immersive VR experiences for a very affordable amount and without the headaches that can be cause by the complicated setup of the Rift or Vive.
It, of course, won’t be as powerful as a PC so experiences and apps will have to be optimized to run on this standalone VR device but it still is way more powerful than the Oculus Go or any mobile VR device we used in the past.
This is a very exciting time to work in the VR industry, both for the B2B and B2C markets, and we are very excited to see how the Oculus Quest will shake up the ecosystem.