Facebook launches Oculus Go: A new low cost wireless VR headset

Facebook is making access to VR cheaper with the Oculus Go

Facebook-owned Oculus hasn't released detailed specs for the Go, which arrives next year, but Carmack acknowledged at the company's developer conference today that it "had to cut hard on what hardware could go in to make that $199 price point".

"Facebook has created an exceptional, social VR experience with Spaces - working towards overcoming a huge hurdle in VR by making it more interactive".

Oculus Go doesn't use a PC, nor does it require the use of a smartphone. This product, comprising Rift, Touch, three sensors, extra facial interfaces, and a four-meter dual input cable is priced at $900 and businesses can order this bundle also from Oculus' official website.

Understanding that the Gear VR already has an established user base and software ecosystem, Go is binary compatible with the Samsung device, meaning that developers can run their applications on Oculus' device without modification.

"I'm excited to try it, but I don't understand what market niche they're going for" with the Go, said Tyler Hope, creative director of Iris VR, a 25-person independent development shop based in NY.

The Oculus Go will be available next year starting from $199 (around £150, plus VAT). The Go also comes with new lenses that provide wider field of view with lesser glare.


Zuckerberg said the new Oculus Go is an important tool to reach his goal of including a billion users to VR given the low costs of the headset coupled.

The new headset is also equipped with integrated spatial audio.

"And more people in VR means more people to play, connect, and share with".

The main aspect of introducing such headset with the advanced technology is to help Facebook to have virtual reality in hands of "a billion people". The Oculus Go would give users a similar experience to the Gear VR i.e., allowing users to spin around, but moving around is restricted, notes TechCrunch.

Speaking at Facebook's virtual reality developers conference in San Jose, Zuckerberg talked about the slow adoption the world has had with VR technology. Besides at the price that Facebook is offering the new VR headset, it does make the new device the cheapest VR system in the market.

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