Facebook's new standalone VR headset: Oculus Go

Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

Oculus Go: Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go VR headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new virtual reality headset at the VR developer conference in San Jose Oct. 11.

Facebook's Oculus has been working on a new VR headset from a long ago, and we have reported earlier about it that a new VR headset for masses is on the cards and now this has come true, with Oculus releasing it's $199 VR headset.

The Facebook-owned VR company Oculus will be launching a standalone VR headset early next year. The other reason is that the new VR headset will work independently without requiring external connections. Named Oculus Go, the biggest USP of the headset is its standalone feature, which in other words translates to its capability to function independently without requiring tethering to a smartphone or computer. It makes more sense for Oculus to draw from the Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR ecosystems, where motion tracking and hand controls are already standard.

In fact, it makes it much easier for developers to create content for Gear VR and Oculus Go at the same time if there are similarities between the headsets.

Oculus VR/FacebookOculus Rift has permanently lowered the base price for its Rift and Touch bundles. "If we assume 15% is going to VR that would imply over $5.5 billion in spending, which we see as more than adequate to accomplish it's billion-user target".

Premium offers for Microsoft's new VR platform now runs as much as $500 for higher-end models like the Samsung Odyssey, which is due to come out on November 6. The new optics offer a wide field of view with reduced glare.

Equipped with next-generation lenses it also has built-in speakers.

Facebook has announced the wireless headset with virtual reality for $200, which does not even need a smartphone to control.

On the software side, the future buyers of the Oculus Gb, you should also be delighted: the entire set of games developed for the Samsung Gear VR will work on the Oculus Gb. In fact, he suggested that developers start by "sprucing up some Gear VR-level things", not bringing Rift games over. Spatial audio is built into the headset though there always is the provision to go for a 3.5 mm headphone should one look for a more intimate listening experience.

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