Facebook Unveils New $200 Oculus Headset
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company’s latest VR headset at the Oculus Connect event in San Jose. The device is called the Oculus Go and will be a standalone device that costs $200.
The device is half the price of the original Oculus headset, the Rift, and is likely geared towards those who are curious about VR, but were unwilling to spend the money that HTC or Oculus were asking. Zuckerberg has said that he wants to get 1 billion people into VR and the Oculus Go looks like a strong start towards that goal.
Not only is the device cheaper than most of the competition, it is a fully-stand alone device meaning that users won’t need to hook it up to a PC or smartphone to use it. In terms of hardware, the Go will feature an upgraded lens from the Oculus Rift that will offer the same field-of-view, but less screen glare and other issues. The device’s LCD screen will also feature Wide-Quart HD 2,560-by-1,440 resolution and built-in audio drivers.
In terms of the device’s actual hardware, not much has been revealed though we do know it will be compatible with all Gear VR titles so that offers some clues as to the technology behind it.
Aside from the aforementioned Gear titles, we don’t know much about the Go’s launch lineup which will be an important factor in getting people onboard. The novelty of the tech will help to an extent, but, if the history of video games has taught us anything, it’s that software sells hardware.
From a business standpoint, the move is also interesting because it allows Facebook to divorce their VR efforts from those of phone manufacturers like Samsung and instead work to expand their own efforts in the VR industry.
The Oculus Go is expected to launch next year with developer kits shipping this November.
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