Facebook‘s VR platform, Oculus has just announced its first standalone VR headset. Announced at the company’s Oculus Connect event, Oculus Go is a standalone wireless VR headset with a price tag of $199 (approximately Rs 13,000). In terms of availability, a date hasn’t been fixed yet, but it will go on sale early 2018. Also Read - WhatsApp announces rollout of end-to-end encrypted backups for Android, iOSAlso Read - Facebook launches Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses alongside new Facebook View app
Oculus Go looks much like the Rift in terms of design, and comes bundled with a hand-held controller. The fabric used in Oculus Go for facial interface is said to be soft and breathable. Inside the Oculus Go is a WQHD display with next-generation lenses which are said to offer “a wide field of view with significantly reduced glare”. Oculus Go is also equipped with speakers for spatial audio, and a 3.5-mm audio jack.
Oculus Go as a standalone headset also comes with content for its users in the form of apps, games, TV shows and movies. There are over 1,000 VR games, social apps and 360-degree experiences in store for Oculus Go users. Some of these include Facebook 360, Netflix, The New York Times, Cloudlands VR Minigolf, Sing Space, Dead and Buried, among others. All VR-ready content will be available for Oculus Go users from day one. In addition to this, Oculus Go will also be compatible with Gear VR apps as both the headsets have the same controller input set. Oculus says that Gear VR developers are already building apps for Oculus Go. ALSO READ: F8 2017: Facebook Spaces is a new social VR platform for Oculus users
This isn’t the first time we’re hearing of a standalone VR headset. HTC had also announced its Vive VR headset earlier this year which is built on Google’s WorldSense technology. HTC’s standalone Vive VR headset is yet to make its commercial debut. It is expected that the company will launch the product by the end of the year. RELATED: Google I/O 2017: Standalone VR headsets is what we needed; WorldSense technology from HTC, Lenovo coming soon
Oculus also shared its latest developments on the Santa Cruz project which was announced first at last year’s Oculus Connect. Oculus’ Santa Cruz project aims to “bring the magic of a PC VR experience to an untethered form factor”. The latest development comes with two Touch-like hand-held controllers along with the VR headset.
These controllers use the same design language and tracking technology as that of Oculus Touch. Oculus now uses four ultra-wide sensors allowing better tracking with the controllers. ALSO READ: Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for VR tour of disaster-hit Puerto Rico in cartoon avatar