Oculus says high-end 'Santa Cruz' wireless VR headset will ship next year to developers

Lucas Matney

Last year, Oculus gave brief glimpse of a standalone headset concept called “Santa Cruz.” Today, we’re learned headset are going to be in the developers' hands “next year,” and will work with some new motion-tracked controllers.

The new controllers look a lot like the Oculus Touch controllers that work with Rift. Interestingly, Oculus claims that the headset+controller combo "bring the power of Rift and Touch to the standalone category."

The device is tracked using tiny infrared LEDs that will be tracked by the headset's onboard cameras. The cameras will be able to see when the controllers are above your head, highlighting a limitation of Microsoft's headset reference design.

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