Oculus Go Announced As $200 Standalone Headset

Oculus Go Announced As $200 Standalone Headset

Flagged over the last two years as the next big thing, the hype around virtual reality has abated over the last 12 months with few big announcements coming from major players.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced the launch of virtual reality headset Oculus Go on October 11, 2017.

As revealed by Oculus, another positive aspect with the Oculus Go is its compatibility with standard Gear VR apps. The Oculus Go is expected to release in early 2018. Oculus Go is going to be compatible with existing Gear VR games, and the bigger the hardware base for those games, the better. Developers will have the new Oculus Go in their hands in November for making the most specialized programs.

Facebook didn't provide any details on how the Oculus Go will work, but said it will include built-in headphones for audio and have a LCD display.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) held its Oculus Connect 4 event yesterday, where the company announced the Oculus Go.

While Santa Cruz remains in the development stages, Oculus has an all-new standalone device to show off this year.

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Go is created to be light and comfortable, said Hugo Barra, the executive in charge of virtual reality at Facebook. Although, you shouldn't confuse the Oculus Go with the company's more advanced prototype Santa Cruz because the Oculus Go doesn't have inside out tracking or fully tracked motion controllers.

Facebook the social media giant has now unveiled a new virtual reality headset with an aim to broaden the reach of VR to many in the market.

Oculus also gave some new info on its other project - code-named Santa Cruz - a wireless stand-alone headset that will be more powerful than the Oculus Go. The company also wants to get rid of external sensors for tracking the wearer's movements, which is why it's developing this inside-out tracking technology.

To go along with the headset is a handheld controller similar to that offered by Samsung's Gear VR. As it turns out, we got more than we bargained for.

Oculus has realized people are not yet ready to throw that much money at the headgear, and the Rift has officially been reduced to just $399. Well, what that means is that you don't have to put a smartphone inside it to experience virtual reality. He has been investing heavily in the medium since purchasing Oculus VR for $2bn in 2014.