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Oculus Go: Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go VR headset

14 October, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

During his keynote speech at Facebook's fourth Oculus Connect virtual reality (VR) developer conference in San Jose, Calif, he paraded a solitary headset which does not require plugging in a smartphone or a cord tethering it to a personal computer like the Oculus Rift headset.

Zuckerburg announced the arrival of the new headset at Oculus' annual conference on 11 October 2017.

Microsoft's mixed-reality line-up is more-so a low-end desktop VR/AR solution, but the Oculus Go seems to be targeting the crowd who enjoys VR apps on mobile devices.

Oculus VR chief Hugo Barra has revealed that the Go features a fast-switch LCD display with an impressive 2560 x 1440 resolution which should remove some of the lag as you move, and should also negate the "screen door effect" present by many VR headsets on the market at the moment. Developers will have the new Oculus Go in their hands in November for making the most specialized programs.

The Oculus Go is billed as simpler than the Rift, which went on sale a year ago, or the Vive system made by HTC Corp.

Zuckerburg did confirm a $199 United States price tag however, leading us to believe that the standalone VR headset will cost £199 in the UK.

"I can see what Oculus is trying to achieve with the Oculus Go headset but for standalone headsets to prosper I think they need to deliver on a number of fronts", Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, told MCV.

The mobile headset can be used without being connected to a computer or a mobile phone and will be cross-compatible with all of Samsung Gear VR's titles.

There are next-generation lenses for offering a wide field of view with reduced glare.

Zuckerberg also wants one billion people to join VR. It will be able to run the same VR as the Samsung Gear, leading Blau to conclude the Go will rely on the same Android operating system as the Gear and likely include similar processors as Samsung phones.

"We did build up a lot of hype, and we really believe in all that hype - the potential for VR, VR as a computing platform".

But VR so far has been embraced mostly by video game lovers, despite Facebook's efforts to bring the technology into the mainstream since buying Oculus for $2 billion three years ago.

They do mention that the Oculus Go will come with built-in speakers, and that you won't need a separate pair of headphones in order to indulge in the audiophile aspects of VR.



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