Facebook to sell portable headset for virtual reality

Facebook unveils standalone Oculus Go VR headset

The headset has all the components it needs to power VR experiences on the wearable device itself, so there is no need to plug it into a PC or external console, or use a smartphone to power it. With a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, the display is a fast-switch LCD screen. The main advantage with a standalone VR headset is its cost.

The new product is meant to be more practical and accessible than Facebook's current flagship VR device, Oculus Rift, which requires a paired computer system to work - limiting its use to the home and to those who can afford a PC with the specifications needed to run virtual reality applications.

Zuckerberg said that the accessibility of the Oculus Go will help to realise his new goal of having 1bn people using VR in the next few years. He didn't say when he wants to reach 1bn Oculus VR users but the company is working on several ways to offer less-bulky, lower-cost headsets like the new $199 Oculus Go. Let's see what the Oculus Go offers in detail. Oculus, the pioneers in the field of VR, is now owned by Facebook; with its VR team headed by former Google and Xiaomi executive, Hugo Barra. Users will hear the benefits of integrated spatial audio through the in-built speakers. However, there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening, or for when you're getting on your housemates' nerves.

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Another plus is Gear VR and Oculus Go apps are binary compatible so developers building games for Gear VR are already building for Oculus Go. This isn't the first price drop by Oculus this year: The package was trimmed to $499 on March 1.

In addition to the Oculus Go reveal, Facebook's head of VR Hugo Barra provided an update on Project Santa Cruz, Facebook's prototype movement-tracking standalone headset.

The Oculus Go will straddle the market between the Rift and the Samsung Gear, a $129 headset that runs on some of Samsung's higher-priced phones. There is, however, no release date for the Santa Cruz motion controllers.

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Dash rolls up all of Rift's existing menus and UI into a central hub that's instantly accessible from anywhere in VR-all built natively for Touch.

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. The Oculus Rift, on the other hand, would cost you almost $500 and needs a powerful PC. You can also visit your friends' virtual homes. The VR headset's worldwide version is expected to come along with Oculus branding, while the Xiaomi branding will be implemented in China.

The company is also promising to make improvements to avatars themselves.

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