Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people to live and play in VR.
But the company won’t get there with premium VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, which require expensive gaming PCs. Mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR are nice, but they don’t offer the same immersion.
Facebook’s solution? Oculus Go, an all-in-one standalone VR headset. The headset’s only $199 and shipping early next year.
Oculus Go resembles the Rift, except it’s white. Oculus Go sits in-between the Rift and the Gear VR.
Zuckerberg says standalone VR headsets like the Go are the “sweet spot” for VR.
Facebook’s head of VR Hugo Barra said the headset is super light and made of a foam layer that conforms to your face.
Go ships with a new custom optical lens design. It has the same wide field-of-view as the Rift and improved WQHD 2,560 x 1,440 LCD lenses, which Barra say is better than OLED screens.
Go also ships with an integrated Spatial Audio driver and a controller that’s similar to the Gear VR’s controller.
Best of all, Oculus Go is binary with the Gear VR. In other words, VR apps that already work with Gear VR will work out of the box with the Go. That’s important because it means the Go will have lots of content right at launch.
Developer kits for the Oculus Go ship in November.
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