Oculus Santa Cruz offers standalone VR with full motion control

Jon Fingas

Oculus isn't limiting its new stand-alone VR experiences to the Go headset. It's introducing a much more refined version of Project Santa Cruz, the stand-alone VR headset it showed off last year. The new prototype is far sleeker, and importantly includes true six-degrees-of-freedom motion control. This is the first headset with full "inside-out" tracking, Oculus says. There are no wires and no external sensors, whether you're tilting your head or waving your hands. There aren't many details as of this writing, but it'll take a while before you can strap one to your head -- it's reaching developers within a year.

It's also introducing a brand new controller, simply called the Santa Cruz controllers. They look a little similar to the Touch with a grip button and a touchpad, but it looks different too -- a little more streamlined and a little more compact. It uses the same four ultralight sensors on the Santa Cruz that it uses for inside out tracking.