Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

This is Oculus Go: Standalone VR for just $199

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June Sullivan | 15 October, 2017, 01:29

The developers of the futuristic combat game Titanfall are jumping into virtual reality with a brand new, mysterious game, Oculus revealed during the Oculus Connect keynote today. So, you'll be able to look around in VR, but you can't walk.

Overnight he pulled the wraps off a new VR headset - the Oculus GO - that he's banking on being the device to begin the march towards that lofty goal.

The new headset will cost $200 compared to $400 for the Rift. Indeed, it's only a little more expensive than something like Samsung's Gear VR, which also requires a recent smartphone to actually serve as the headset's display and processor. As far as design goes, the headset is created using a lightweight material which is also soft and breathable.

"We want to get a billion people in virtual reality", said Zuckerberg, and Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra went in to call it "hands-down the easiest way to get people into VR". Because it offers a "high-quality experience that doesn't tether you to a PC", Zuckerberg stated, the "Oculus Go is the most accessible VR experience ever". This provides the user with optimal comfort while enjoying VR content. The Go features a 2560x1440 "Fast-switch" LCD display, which is a bump up from the 2160x1200 combined resolution of the two OLED displays in the Rift.

Gartner analyst Brian Blau said there's still one hurdle the Oculus Go will have to overcome. "My goal here was to show how VR can raise awareness and help us see what's happening in different parts of the world", he said, adding that he meant to publicize a partnership with the Red Cross where Facebook helps create population maps that can be used by rescue workers.

Importantly, the Oculus Go uses the same controller input set as the Gear VR and Oculus Go. Those figures include headsets for what is known as augmented reality.

Facebook has shaken up Oculus management team since then in a series of moves that included the departure of founder Palmer Luckey earlier this year. Facebook is still trying to bring virtual reality into the mainstream, and hopes the new headset will help.

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