Facebook's VR headset Oculus Go doesn't require a phone or PC

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Developers will be able to target both Gear VR and Oculus Go when building games with Unity, Unreal, or the Oculus Mobile SDK.

The Oculus Go will be a middle ground between devices like the sub-$100 smartphone-powered Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR and the high end PC-powered headsets like the original Rift and HTC Vive. The Explore section itself is toted as a personalized feed of app recommendations displayed within the Gear VR's Home.

More details on the developer-focused announcements from Oculus Connect, including Mixed Reality Capture and platform-wide safety settings, can be found over on the Oculus Blog.

The new version will enable you to customise nearly every part of your interactive startup screen, including furnishings, art, backgrounds and more (a sci-fi themed version was shown off at the show, complete with a space-set background and more). First teased previous year, Oculus finished off the keynote with a quick update on that project, giving a glimpse at the Touch-inspired controllers in the works. This headset is not all-in-one - it still requires that you be near a super-powerful PC.

But Gartner analyst Brian Blau said Oculus executives still realize VR will not capture a larger audience right away. Oculus says the Go's controller provides the same inputs as the Gear VR's motion controller.

One of the chief complaints about virtual reality is that looking at images often feels as though you're looking through a screen door, but Oculus' VR chief Hugo Barra said the Go should help eliminate much of that problem.

Facebook has introduced another virtual reality headset.

Zuck called it the "most accessible VR headset ever". He also did not give a specific date when Facebook plans to sell the Go headset in 2018. Even though they've since gotten a lot more expensive, that initial magic price point helped launch a robot vacuum industry. The video you'll see below was released last year (a year before this article is set to be published) but it remains largely relevant today. Home and Dash will be part of the Rift Core 2.0 software update, due for beta distribution to Rift users in December. The Oculus Rift price is also coming down to $399, but you still need a high-end video card in addition to that.

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