Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Zuckerberg announces $199 Oculus Go as "sweet spot" standalone headset

Zuckerberg announces $199 Oculus Go as

Well Oculus Connect 4 has started with a bang, with Mark Zuckerberg making some major announcements straight off the bat.

The Oculus Go has a mesh fabric, as well as a soft elastic strap, and all-new optical design, with lenses that are the same next generation ones found on Oculus Rift. This VR-headset due to arrive in stores next year is a standalone unit.

The Oculus Go is essentially like a phone-based system, but designed as an all-in-one gadget. The Go will offer an experience sitting between mobile VR and the high-end Oculus Rift, with a level of quality that's better than the Samsung Gear VR, while remaining totally wireless. The pricing of the headset promises to perk up the ears of the still-nascent VR headset market, though.

Oculus executive Hugo Barra described the headset as way to enable VR for everyday use. There's also built-in cameras, which use computer vision tech to determine positional tracking. It shares the same controller input set as the Gear VR, which will make it easy for developers to build across the two. Given that this headset boasts a WQHD display capable of 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, we wonder how high Oculus can raise its own bar until Project Santa Cruz releases.

With this discount, the Rift is around half the price it launched at a year ago, when the headset cost $599 and the Touch controllers were $199. For one, it doesn't seem to have inside-out tracking or motion controllers with full tracking.

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