Oculus has announced a new standalone VR headset which will cost around $199. This headset will sit right between the mobile Gear VR and the high-end Oculus Rift. The standalone headset will be known as Oculus Go and will ship early next year.
Gear VR cost $129 and Oculus Rift cost $499. So, the new headset will be a good buy for the mid-segment between the two headsets. This headset will make every day uses of VR without the trouble of plugging in a phone or a computer at an affordable price. Mark Zuckerberg announced this standalone headset at this year’s Oculus Connect 4 saying that it is a way to reach his next goal for Oculus which is getting one billion people in VR.
The Oculus Go headset which is announced at this year’s Oculus Connect 4 is not the commercial version of self-contained headset prototype which was announced last year. Let’s come to few of the detailed specification of the new standalone headset. The Go headset does not have inside out tracking ar even fully tracked motion controller (and one should expect these feature in just $199). It has new lenses which a screen of 2560*1440 resolution and a spatial audio built into the headset which can be sued without headphones. The new headset uses a controller which is similar to Gear VR’s remote.
The Go headset mostly resemble Gear VR which means that developers can easily build for the new Oculus Go headset while developing for Gear VR at the same time. The company has also said that the developers will start getting the Oculus Go Development Kits from November. The new standalone headset was much anticipated from Oculus considering their high price for the Rift headset. Let’s see whether this new, mid-range standalone VR headset is able to attract people or not.
Introducing Oculus Go
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