Oculus announces Oculus Go: Standalone VR Headset

Joanna Estrada
October 12, 2017

Both headsets share the same controller, so content on the Gear VR will look identical on the Oculus Go.

Mark Zuckerberg introduced his virtual reality helmet.

"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", Zuckerberg said at the annual Oculus 4 conference in San Jose. Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra in his own words, describes it as "hands-down the easiest way to get people into VR", per Variety. This new deal should be the best opportunity to capture the VR market, which should be able to capture a junk of VR market.

Unlike other VR device in the market, the Oculus Go will still work on several applications; however, it won't have its position tracking function.

"Today we shared two significant milestones in one of our largest areas of development". The company says the Go is "binary-compatible" with apps for the Gear VR. You basically need to invest on the headset and you are raring to go. You can watch movies or concerts, play games, or hang out with your friends in virtual reality. The main advantage with a standalone VR headset is its cost. There's also a wide field-of-view with reduced glare. Along with the Snapdragon at it's core, it will come with new lenses, a WQHD (2560x1440) "fast-switch" LCD display, as well as having spatial audio built into the headset, which allows the device to be used without external headphones.

The new Oculus Go will be shipping in 2018, and carry a price tag of US$199 (RM840). Oculus has already partnered with companies like Audi, DHL, and Cisco to push VR into the business space.

Oculus Rift now being offered at $399 with a pair of touch controllers in the United States of America and United Kingdom. This means it should be able to run all existing Gear VR apps and games without modification, and since those are all created to run on an Android-powered Galaxy phone, it seems very likely that the Go runs some form of Android.

The conference also became a witness of the launch of Oculus for Business, which is a professional Rift bundle for businesses. According to market research firm Canalys, Facebook sold fewer than 400,000 units of the Oculus Rift previous year, making it less popular than the competing HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR, the latter of which has already shipped more than 1 million units. There is, however, no release date for the Santa Cruz motion controllers.

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