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'Oculus Go' Is a $200 Standalone Headset

11 October, 2017, 21:05 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Say goodbye to those sensor stands soon.                  Sarah Tew  CNET

At the Oculus Connect keynote speech today, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new standalone virtual reality headset called the Oculus Go. There are expensive, best-in-class, desktop-based solutions like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that are stunning, but require lots of wires and an expensive computer.

The easiest way to experience VR is here with Oculus Go, an all-new standalone headset available early 2018.

Oculus Rift, Facebook's PC-based VR, has great controllers but it needs stand-up camera sensors to work in a room like a holodeck.

This followed Zuckerberg's announcement that Oculus wants to get one billion people using its virtual reality products. The headset uses new lenses that are meant to reduce flare, coupled with a 2560x1440 "fast-switch" LCD screen that's meant to offer sharp text and visuals. Additionally, the headset comes with built-in spatial audio and a good ol' fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack as well. It's introducing a much more refined version of Project Santa Cruz, the stand-alone VR headset it showed off a year ago.

However, the Oculus Go headset seems a little different from that headset.

The Go will cost $199, and will ship "early next year", Zuckerberg said at Oculus's annual developers conference in San Jose, Calif. To keep the price down, it will only have a single motion controller.

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