Facebook launches virtual-reality headset that can be used without other devices

Allan Goodman
October 14, 2017

Oculus, the virtual reality company Facebook spent $2bn acquiring, has unveiled a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that, it claims, will persuade one billion people to use the technology.

Facebook took to the stage during the Oculus Connect 4 event in October 2017 to reveal the Oculus Go VR headset, a new affordable VR headset offered alongside the Oculus Rift that doesn't require a smartphone or PC to operate.

He said, "it's the most accessible VR headset yet". It joins a product range that also includes the mobile Oculus Gear VR and the high-end Oculus Rift.

The Go was described by Zuckerberg as sitting in the "sweet spot" between PC VR and mobile VR and will likely spawn some interesting mid-range content both in the gaming market as well as other VR experiences.

Facebook says it's "hands-down the easiest way to get into VR".

More details around the Oculus Go is set to be announced nearer launch. Developers can build using the Oculus Rift, and simply show off their efforts to others with the Oculus Go on the fly. The company began trying out price drops, starting with a $200 discount earlier this year. That's all the info we're getting for the Go outside of the basic stuff displayed on this splash page.

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The company is positioning this as a VR experience for people on a budget and has an aim to reach as well as bring more than 1 billion people to the Virtual reality world.

There are next-generation lenses for offering a wide field of view with reduced glare.

"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", Zuckerberg reassured a crowd of computer programmers gathered in San Jose, California, for Oculus' annual conference. Oculus and Samsung Electronics Co already sell a device, named Gear VR, that when paired with certain Samsung phones is similar to Oculus Go.

They do mention that the Oculus Go will come with built-in speakers, and that you won't need a separate pair of headphones in order to indulge in the audiophile aspects of VR.

Oculus has finally launched a dirt cheap VR headset to rival the budget VR experiences offered under Window's "mixed reality" umbrella.

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