The launch announcement news for Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest might have dominated the virtual reality (VR) of the Facebook Developer’s Conference (F8) 2019 keynote but there was more to glean from the event. Kean to continue pushing its Oculus for Business initiative, Facebook has introduced a new programme which includes the addition of Oculus Quest.
Enterprise deployment has been an important part of the VR industry, with automotive, healthcare and architecture companies just some of the few industries employing the technology to help with design, training, and sales.
The new Oculus for Business will expand the initiative to include the new standalone headset alongside Oculus Go while the original Oculus Rift will be dropped due to the device being discontinued. It seems as though Oculus for Business will only be using these two headsets, with no mention of Oculus Rift S.
Alongside the new hardware will be a new set of tools for companies to utilise for large scale deployments, such as mobile device management for scale, enterprise-focused user experience plus dedicated service and support. Oculus also notes that: “We’re also working closely with leaders in enterprise IT and services to develop ways to integrate VR right alongside the workflows and services businesses already use.”
Because of these additional features, Oculus for Business bundles are priced differently. Available to bulk order, the 64GB version of Oculus Go retails for $599 USD while the enterprise Oculus Quest will cost $999 for the 128GB version. When purchasing an Oculus for Business hardware bundle, each one will include an enterprise warranty with full software access and support for one year. Once that first year has concluded, software access is available for an annual fee of $180 per headset.
Oculus for Business was launched during Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) back in 2017 with the Oculus Go version released in 2018. Since then numerous companies have begun utilising VR, with one of the most notable being Walmart which has deployed 17k Oculus Go’s across its stores after testing VR training and seeing a 10-15% improvement in performance (claims Oculus).