Facebook has a new, $400 virtual reality headset that's coming on May 21

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Forget about the Oculus Rift - Facebook's next major virtual reality headset is the Oculus Quest, a $400 standalone device.

That means no computer, no wires, and no game console required. You set up the headset through a smartphone app, put it on, and you're in VR.

Facebook announced a May 21 release date for the device on Tuesday and revealed a slew of games set to arrive at launch - over 50 in total, including VR standouts like "Moss" and "Superhot VR."

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Like the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go before it, the Oculus Quest features Facebook's brand of virtual reality. 

Unlike those headsets, Quest is a kind of middle ground between the high-end VR delivered by the Rift and the accessibility of the Oculus Go. Since the Quest is wireless, it's easy to use anywhere - but it pairs that mobility with higher-end specs than the Oculus Go.

Better still: The Quest has no tracking cameras required for use. Instead, the tracking system is built directly into the headset - so-called "inside out" tracking.

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Anyone interested in getting an Oculus Quest can pre-order the device starting on Tuesday, with units expected to arrive on May 21; the headset will otherwise be sold in various retail stores starting on the same day.

Oculus Quest starts at $400, with 64 GB of storage, and also comes in a $500 version with 128 GB of storage - both versions come with the Oculus Touch wireless controllers.

For a closer look at the Quest, check out this video from Facebook:


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