Rift Core 2.0 Brings Dash, Home Improvements to Oculus Devices

Rift Core 2.0 Brings Dash, Home Improvements to Oculus Devices

After revealing Oculus Go, the company's first standalone VR headset, Oculus also gave us a look at the latest updates to Project Santa Cruz: a fully wireless PC VR platform.

Oculus recently announced Rift Core 2.0, a complete overhaul of Rift's core experience that lets people do more in VR than ever before. This headset will not require any cables or a mobile phone, and appears to be Oculus's attempt to break into lower end VR headset market, now dominated by Gear VR.

It's a standalone, lightweight headset with a controller akin to a soundbar remote or Google's Daydream controller. Along with the Snapdragon at it's core, it will come with new lenses, a WQHD (2560x1440) "fast-switch" LCD display, as well as having spatial audio built into the headset, which allows the device to be used without external headphones. The headset now features four cameras on the front to pick up invisible transmissions from the controllers too, giving users a massive area of movement beyond what is directly in front of them.

"While you know you're wearing a headset, your brain processes VR on an emotional level", he said, adding "it's all kinds of awesome". The single motion controller is also tracked only with internal orientation sensors. Known as Oculus Dash, the setup has been created to be a VR monitor, enabling you to check Facebook, watch fail videos on YouTube and even code, all from the infinite screen space of VR. The Go headset will be capable of running just about any app that the Gear VR can. That's essential for blur-free VR. "If we're going to get a billion people in virtual reality we have to focus on affordability and quality", he said.

As an industry leader, there's no way anyone at Oculus will accept anything less than an immersive and comfortable VR experience.

Facebook's Oculus Go is another signal that Silicon Valley is already solving virtual reality's biggest problems. If it does run Android, that could open a whole world of possibilities.

The higher-end Oculus Rift-which, unlike the Go, requires a computer to operate-is also seeing a price cut.

Recent discounts lowered the Rift's price to $399 at various times during the summer, a markdown Oculus now says will be permanent.

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