Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

"We think people are going to spend a lot more time in VR when they get a stand-alone device, so we really wanted Oculus Go to be a leap in both comfort and visual clarity", said Hugo Barra, head of virtual reality at Oculus. The other reason is that the new VR headset will work independently without requiring external connections. It will be a standalone headset and not require the use of smartphones or a computer.

But VR so far has been embraced mostly by video game lovers, despite Facebook's efforts to bring the technology into the mainstream since buying Oculus for $2 billion three years ago.

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Zuckerberg promised the Oculus Go will be "the most accessible VR experience ever", and help realize his new goal of having 1 billion people dwelling in virtual reality at some point in the future.

Facebook says it's "hands-down the easiest way to get into VR". Expected to ship early next year, it will be priced at $199 (approx Rs 13,000). Anything that works with the Gear VR is created to be compatible with the Oculus Go, it also features built-in support through the Oculus mobile SDK for Unreal and Unity game engines.

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Oculus has been trying to find a "sweet spot" when it comes to the price and quality of a virtual reality headset.

Premium offers for Microsoft's new VR platform now runs as much as $500 for higher-end models like the Samsung Odyssey, which is due to come out on November 6.

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Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, will move from a niche interest to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications. "And $199 is an low-cost entry for a lot of people who are just starting out in VR". Zuckerberg also said that this new device would come with other apps that the Gear VR had integrated. That naturally leads to more mobility and freedom while allowing users to soak into the content with all the liberty that they can dream of. These speakers play out loud though, so if you want some privacy, you can still plug in your own headphones via the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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