In a recent question and answer session on Twitter, Vice President Andrew Bosworth and Consulting Technical Officer John Carmack answered some pressing questions from their followers.
Bosworth has teased the prospect of an upcoming Quest Pro headset in a previous question and answer session but now that the corporation has seen the volume of orders for the Quest 2 increase, it is unlikely that we will see any new standalone headsets from Oculus for at least the remainder of 2021.
Here are some of the most important quotes from the recent Q&A:
“I’m supportive of Quest 2-only exclusives, but I think that if a developer is doing something to, you know, make money there’s still a pretty substantial market there in Quest 1 users…Boz can you say roughly what percentages we have, obviously Quest 2 is outselling Quest 1 and all of our other headsets, we announced, but for developers to be able to make a kind of a rational decision on how much effort they want to put into Quest 1, it is kind of important for them to know what that could mean.”
“I expect the incentives to be for developers to support Quest 1, absolutely, and to your point, we don’t think it’s too expensive to do that, and you are unlocking, you know, 7 figures of additional users who could potentially buy your software — which is a pretty good deal when you can get it…so the formal answer is that we may eventually allow developers who have really high end apps to target Quest 2 alone, but our very strong recommendation is to support both and that’s actually what we expect to have happen based on historical norms…”
“People are also asking about the Quest 3, which doesn’t exist yet, and everyone who is listening to us who is a reporter there isn’t a Quest 3, there’s only a Quest 2, but I did hint at an AMA earlier this year about Quest Pro because we do have a lot of things in development where we want to introduce new functionality to the headset along the kinds that people theorize that we would want to introduce, and that’s a little ways off still. It’s still not gonna happen this year. For those who are curious, Quest 2 is going to be in the market for a while – for a long while, and it’s gonna be, you know, I think the best bet for the most accessible way to get into VR and have a great experience.”
It's a lot to take in but we will have a ton more info about upcoming Oculus projects in the next few days when they present their first ever Oculus Gaming Showcase. They will be presenting updates on games heading to the Oculus suite of headsets and perhaps announcing some new ones. If you want to check out the presentation yourself, you can tune in on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube in the US and Japan at 3:00 pm PT on April 21.