Rumor: Facebook Will Launch Standalone Oculus Go VR Headset This May
Oculus has announced its standalone Oculus Go VR headset at a previous press conference, and it appears that the company will finally reveal the device in person at an upcoming event held by Facebook, which owns Oculus. According to rumors reported by Variety, the Oculus Go will be shown at the Facebook F8 Event.
The standalone virtual reality headset doesn’t require a PC to use and would carry a price tag starting at 200 USD. The F8 press conference will be held on May 1st. The Go headset was announced in October of last year and will feature all the technology in the headset itself.
Earlier rumors have indicated that Oculus will release at least two versions of the Oculus Go headset. A cheaper option would have 32 gigabytes of storage capacity, while a more expensive Go with 64 GB of storage would be made available as well. Remarkably, the display technology would be LCD instead of the usual and much faster OLED. LCD would be a cheaper option and even though Oculus claims that the screen will be sufficient for high frame rate images, more complex features such positioning won’t be available on the Go.
It’s worth noting that the Oculus Go definitely won’t replace the standard Oculus Rift headset, which requires a PC. The Go standalone will feature a software platform that is similar to that of Samsung’s Gear VR, which operates in collaboration with Oculus. Gear VR requires a compatible Samsung smartphone, which is then used as the display.
Specific availability details haven’t been announced yet, although the product page on the Oculus website states that the standalone VR device will launch in early 2018.