Oculus Unveils Its Budget Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

Following the announcement at the firm's annual Oculus Connect 4 conference, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg describes the Go as "the most accessible VR headset yet", priced at less than $200.

Facebook trimmed the price of its high-end Oculus Rift headset and controllers by $100, to $399. The social network company is expected to release the Oculus Go in early 2018 and the device will have a $199 price tag. They also mention that the visual clarity is improved over other mobile-based VR headsets and that they've managed to reduce the screen door effect, but they don't give the individual ocular resolutions nor do they the maximum hertz for frame-buffering.

To achieve that goal, Zuckerberg has to figure a way for people to be able to move while using the premium, standalone VR device. Price-wise, this offer from Oculus has gone down to competing with the more affordable headsets designed for Windows Mixed Reality.

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Facebook vice president of VR Hugo Barra called the device "hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR and said it "feels incredibly soft to wear". It doesn't boast full motion tracking like the Oculus Touch controllers, but instead offers basic motion tracking - and we don't think this is only to keep costs down. Facebook's Oculus Go headset is comparable to Samsung's Gear VR headset in terms of functionality. In fact, he suggested that developers start by "sprucing up some Gear VR-level things", not bringing Rift games over. Along with this, you have spatial audio built into the side head straps. "We're going to double-down on that potential".

These types of VR are not always embraced by customers due to the high price the companies ask, and because the systems usually need a high-tech computer to work.

There are next-generation lenses for offering a wide field of view with reduced glare. Zuckerberg also said that this new device would come with other apps that the Gear VR had integrated. Zuckerberg has said virtual reality will be the next major computing platform, after mobile phones. Pre-orders are yet to open but we'll be sure to update this section with retailers as soon as it becomes available.

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