Facebook Reveals its VR Headset Oculus at $199

Facebook Reveals its VR Headset Oculus at $199

"It's an all-new, standalone headset that doesn't require you to snap in a phone or plug in a cable", Zuckerberg said.

"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", Zuckerberg said at the annual Oculus 4 conference in San Jose.

Mark Zuckerberg announced today at this year's Oculus Connect conference the latest addition to the family, the Oculus Go.

Although Oculus Gear VR headsets are practically handed out with Samsung smartphones, the company's more expensive Oculus Rift platform doesn't appear to have attracted any real following. As the name suggests, the device will run independently of a PC, phone, etc., and will be dependent entirely on its own hardware.

Soon to be launched, Oculus Venues will let you watch concerts and catch premieres of new movies and TV shows with up to 1,000 people.

About 16 million head-mounted display devices were shipped in 2016, a number expected to rise to 22 million this year, according to the research firm Gartner Inc. Made from new fabric, the standalone VR headset is very light. But the straight divide between reality and VR may trample the burning need for consumers at large to adopt such headsets.

During Zuckerberg's keynote speech, he added that this newest device is one of the most significant steps that Facebook is working on, to bring VR to the masses. The closest a user could get to a quality VR headset until now in that price range was the Samsung Gear for $129 but for which you required a compatible Samsung smartphone. The standalone headset utilizes a fast switch WQHD LCD screen for delivering an impeccable viewing experience.

Oculus Go uses internal cameras, sensors and software to track movements that are translated into corresponding motion in virtual worlds rendered in headsets.

Just like the Samsung Gear VR, the Oculus Go will allow users to spin around in the VR world. This means that the Go will have a sizable library of VR titles out of the gate, and existing Gear VR owners will get to use most (if not all) titles created for the Go. Naturally, the price would play a deciding factor.

Oculus will start shipping its Santa Cruz headsets for the developers next year. Facebook has however revealed that the developer kit for Oculus Go will be sent across to developers in November. It's also £200 cheaper than the HTC Vive.

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