Oculus Go VR Unveiled for $200


This week Oculus VR announced the Oculus Go a brand new, completely standalone, and relatively affordable, virtual reality headset.

"This all-in-one device makes VR more accessible than ever and represents a huge leap forward in comfort, visual clarity, and ease-of-use", said Oculus in a blog post.

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Oculus Go VR Unveiled for $200

Facebook vice president of VR Hugo Barra called the device "hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR and said it "feels incredibly soft to wear". Set to release in early 2018, the Oculus Go will have a 2560×1440 resolution on LCD displays with reduced glare. Developers will have the new Oculus Go in their hands in November for making the most specialized programs.

Together, Oculus described Oculus Go and the controllers as "two significant milestones". It ships early next year, starting at $199.

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Oculus has been trying to find a "sweet spot" when it comes to the price and quality of a virtual reality headset.

The Oculus Go still supports the same lineup of games and VR experiences as its fully-fledged sibling, and it takes advantage of a small handheld controller that's virtually identical to Samsung's effort. Along with this, you have spatial audio built into the side head straps. Across all PC-based VR headsets we are forecasting a world installed base of 2.4 million by the end of the year. 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. That includes the use of a special fabric for the facial interface that makes it equally soft as well as breathable.

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This, as Mark Zuckerberg said will also be the primary means of reaching his goal, that of inducting a billion users to VR.

Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, will move from a niche interest to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications.

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The newly-announced headset is equipped with a new generation of lenses.