Oculus Go Is A $199 Standalone VR Headset, Arrives Early 2018

Facebook is making access to VR cheaper with the Oculus Go

This VR headset is also lightweight which means it should be comfortable to wear for long time while you are indulged in the world of virtual reality. The new Oculus Go is said to primarily focus on lowering the barrier of virtual reality by making it easily accessible and more affordable.

"When we run up against the limits of reality, VR is going to make our reality", Zuckerberg said at the Oculus Connect conference in San Jose. There's no solid release date in place just yet, but Facebook has confirmed that the VR headset will be available in the UK, US and a handful of other countries at launch.

"We are legitimately excited about the future".

Zuckerberg has said virtual reality will be the next major computing platform, after mobile phones. While he didn't provide specifics on when he would like this to happen, it's safe to say that the social media figure has a lot riding on the trend catching up. Neither of my demos featured large or semi-photorealistic environments, so I'm not sure just how big the performance gap is.

More important than that, the actual experience was terrific. The company is also working on another stand-alone headset, dubbed Project Santa Cruz, whose details are however limited as of now. No wires, and no PC or smartphone needed to operate. Better yet, the Oculus Go comes equipped to deal with the transition, support Gear VR applications out of the box.

That's because the low end of the market is already being served by hardware makers like HTC and Samsung, who've sold far more units than Facebook has of the Oculus Rift. I talked to a couple of developers during Rift demos later, and both seemed confident about porting their games to Santa Cruz, with some optimization.

That could slow down the pace of development and push out the date of when - or if - VR becomes widely adopted. Oculus has beat them to it by announcing its own first even though it won't be available until next year.

The move will see 3D-drawn digital objects added to Facebook feeds where users on phones and computers will be able to move, open or otherwise fiddle around with objects in front of them. And the cracked screen won't do much to help the immersive experience.

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