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Facebook's Oculus aims to bring VR to 1 billion people

14 October 2017, 12:20 | Patty Hardy

Oculus Go: Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go VR headset

Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg announced that the new VR headset would be much cheaper than the existing £399 Oculus Rift, but didn't divulge United Kingdom pricing.

The adaptability of the Go to be used separate from a computer can make VR even more accessible than the Rift, which received a price drop to $399 in the announcement.

Lighter than the Oculus Rift, the Oculus Go is said to.

The Oculus Go is said to focus mostly on mobile VR content like that available for Samsung Gear VR, so don't expect to be running Fallout VR on this device.

"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and cheap as possible", said Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

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At the time of writing, Oculus hasn't announced when the Oculus Go will hit United Kingdom shores. It categorically feels like an Oculus Rift, because it's got positional tracking and motion controllers. 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. Additionally, the Oculus Go has improved lenses that reduce glare.

Beyond price cuts and new products, Facebook is trying different ways to attract people to the virtual-reality medium.

The all-in-one VR headset is created to be accessible and is made up of "super lightweight" materials, including a new "soft and breathable" fabric for the facial interface.

Facebook has had to slash Oculus Rift pricing in an attempt to boost disappointing sales, one of the Oculus co-founders quit and Facebook had to pay out $500 million to settle a lawsuit filed against Oculus by a VR game development company.

The Oculus Go is Oculus' phone-free vision of the future: a US$200 headset with a "fast-switch LCD" screen and 2560 x 1440 resolution. The audio drivers and speakers are built into the straps for better audio experience. There is also a 3.5-mm standard headphone jack for personal use. Named Oculus Go, the biggest USP of the headset is its standalone feature, which in other words translates to its capability to function independently without requiring tethering to a smartphone or computer.



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