The Oculus Quest
comes out this spring. Guess what — it’s now spring! It has been for a few weeks now. And as of this writing, Facebook and its Oculus legion haven’t disclosed a release date.
How much longer are we going to wait?
I imagine Facebook wants to get Quest out before June. While more big stakeholders have pulled out
, the Electronic Entertainment Expo remains one of the most important trade shows on the game industry’s calendar. It’s a big black hole that sucks the attention of everyone in gaming, and it’s not a good time to launch new hardware.
It’s a good time to announce a new hardware launch, though. But then Quest is missing it’s spring launch date.
So May feels like a good time to release the Quest. May does have one big game release — Rage 2 from Bethesda — but it’s not a game like Red Dead Redemption 2
that will dominate discussion. And with Oculus’ resident genius, John Carmack, seeing it as a Switch competitor
, late spring also makes sense. It’s going to be a portable console, something you can play on the go, in cars, on planes, or while visiting people during summer vacation.
Or so Oculus hopes.
I do plan on at least testing out the Quest. But I don’t know if I’ll pick it up. I don’t see any exclusive VR games that make the Quest a “must own” system. Yes, I’m intrigued by Vader: Immortal intrigues me — besides a level in TIE Fighter in which you’re his wingman, the Sith Lord has never had a good video game. Beat Saber
are also attractive.
But I wouldn’t call Beat Saber a killer app — would you?
— Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor