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$199 Oculus Go delivers stand-alone VR with no phone or PC needed

$199 #OculusGo delivers stand-alone VR with no phone or PC needed

  • During the Oculus Connect 4 keynote on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company is currently working on a stand-alone VR headset called Oculus Go.
  • You also won’t need to tether the headset to a parent PC like Facebook’s premium VR headset, the Oculus Rift.
  • For starters, Oculus VR designed the headset to be super lightweight, and provide soft elastic straps with high adjustability, so you can forget about them once you dive into a virtual experience.
  • Finally, Barro said that Oculus Go is binary compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR.
  • That means the Android-based apps you purchased for Samsung’s smartphone-based VR headset will work with Oculus Go right out of the box.

During the Oculus Connect 4 keynote, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a stand-alone VR headset called Oculus Go.

Why it matters to you

Here’s another upcoming stand-alone VR headset that doesn’t require a smartphone, or a tethered connection to a parent PC.

During the Oculus Connect 4 keynote on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company is currently working on a stand-alone VR headset called Oculus Go. Similar to the upcoming stand-alone “Daydream” headset initiative from Google and Qualcomm, you won’t need a smartphone to experience virtual reality. You also won’t need to tether the headset to a parent PC like Facebook’s premium VR headset, the Oculus Rift.

According to Zuckerberg, Oculus Go will ship in early 2018 for $199. He didn’t reveal anything else outside the brief tease, but Facebook’s head of VR Hugo Barro came out on stage to provide a few more details about the upcoming stand-alone VR product. He said it targets that sweet spot between high-end and mobile so you can get a tether-free, device-free full-motion VR experience without breaking the bank.

For starters, Oculus VR designed the headset to be super lightweight, and provide soft elastic straps with high adjustability, so you can forget about them once you dive into a virtual experience. The faceplate also consists of a new mesh fabric that’s breathable for an extremely comfortable fit. The remaining shell and front appear built from hard plastic to protect the components within.

On the hardware front, Barro wasn’t exactly forthcoming….

$199 Oculus Go delivers stand-alone VR with no phone or PC needed

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