Oculus reportedly aiming to release Santa Cruz standalone VR HMD in Q1 2019

Santa Cruz, the latest flagship VR head-mounted display from Oculus, looks to be heading toward an early 2019 release date.

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One of the biggest hindrances for video game fans looking to get into virtual reality technology has been the cost of entry: both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets cost several hundred dollars, plus they require a reasonably beefy computer to run. More than that, they require their users to be tethered to a system through a number of different wires. Luckily, standalone VR HMDs solve both of these problems: they don't need computers to power them, and their packed-in electronics mean there's no change of getting tangled up. Even better, the wait for a proper standalone VR HMD is nearly over, as Oculus is reportedly gearing up to release the standalone Santa Cruz VR HMD in the first quarter of 2019.

According to a report from UploadVR, "multiple independent sources" have confirmed that Oculus is aiming for a Q1 2019 release window for the Santa Cruz, though when asked for an official confirmation, an Oculus representative stated that "we can't comment on future plans or announcements."

Still, the Santa Cruz should be a perfect VR option for users not keen on emptying their bank accounts or potentially tripping and falling over wires. The Santa Cruz HDM itself is reportedly similar to Oculus' current Oculus Go HMD, except it includes extra cameras for inside-out tracking as well as two revamped Oculus controllers.

Oculus hasn't provided much in the way of specifications or pricing details for the Santa Cruz, but as far as can be told, the system will represent the company's latest top-shelf VR HMD, potentially serving as a replacement for the standard Oculus Rift. As such, it may cost as much as $400 or perhaps even more.

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    August 22, 2018 1:25 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Oculus reportedly aiming to release Santa Cruz standalone VR HMD in Q1 2019

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      August 22, 2018 11:03 PM

      I feel it’s too early because it would totally cannibalize Oculus Go holiday sales in its very first year.

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        August 22, 2018 11:41 PM

        They're targetting completely different markets. Who that's in the market for a $600 headset plus $1200+ gaming PC is waffling between that and a $200 version that plays phone caliber software?

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          August 22, 2018 11:42 PM

          Oh Santa Cruz is just the next gen Go basically, my bad.

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            August 23, 2018 12:07 AM

            It’s actually a new category between Go and Rift. You will see ports from both headsets. But VirtualLink might also make the Santa Cruz tetherable to a PC.

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              August 23, 2018 12:08 AM

              But prices will be around the Rift’s if not higher.

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              August 23, 2018 5:04 AM

              It’d be neat as heck if Santa Cruz was a Rift with upgraded visuals when connected to a PC, but also capable of being a standalone headset — that might actually make me interested.