The standalone Oculus Quest headset was already a step forward for virtual reality headsets, but a new announcement today brings it up to snuff with proper Rift headsets. The mobile Quest set will soon be able to track your hands, without special gloves or sensors, and link to your PC via Oculus Link.
The Oculus Quest's hand-tracking is being demoed at Oculus Connect 6 right now, with a launch set for early 2020. The VR company bills it as an "experimental feature" for now, but notes its potential for both VR and AR hardware. You can see the concept in practice in the video below.
Meanwhile the Oculus Link software, which can connect your Quest to a "gaming PC," will go into beta in November, according to an Oculus blog post. Using a "high-quality" USB 3 cable, you can connect your Quest to your gaming PC and use it to access Rift content. Oculus also says a premium optical fiber cable is set for later this year to make the Link connection.
Not only does this boost up the potential power for the Quest, but it also makes it a much more adaptable headset. When Mike reviewed the Quest earlier this year, he felt it was a compelling headset that found a sweet spot between cheap mobile-phone headsets and high-end options. Now, it seems like the Quest is becoming a launching platform for a new wave of potential in VR; one with less cables and controllers, and more potential. We'll see how it all shapes out over the coming months and into next year, as Oculus rolls out more updates for the Quest.