Hugo Barra, the head of VR at Facebook-owned Oculus today announced a partnership with Xiaomi at CES 2018 show to build its first standalone Oculus Go VR headset. Xiaomi will also be making a second VR headset called Mi VR Standalone, which will be exclusive for the Chinese market. Both headsets will be built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile VR platform and will be powered by Snapdragon 821 SoC.
“We’ve worked closely with Qualcomm to deliver the highest possible level of performance to meet the high computing demands of the standalone VR product category,” the Oculus team mentioned on its blog.
It is an interesting development as Facebook is still banned in China. However, Xiaomi is a well-known brand in the country, which could be one of the reasons why Facebook will be using the Xiaomi brand in China.
The Mi VR headset looks similar to the Oculus Go headset, and also shares its core features. With support for Oculus Mobile SDK, existing developers can seamlessly port over content to Mi headset. Xiaomi mentioned that it is already working with Oculus developers to localize existing content while also bring Mi VR Store in China.
To recap, Oculus Go was announced by Oculus and Facebook last year for $199 (approximately Rs 12,700). And as it does not require any phone or PC to be connected, the Oculus Go is also among the cheapest VR solutions available in the market. While there is no word on the release date yet, the FCC filing for Oculus Go had recently popped up, which hints that it may become available soon.