Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg unveiled a new mobile headset called “Oculus Go” at Oculus Connect 4 in San Jose. The Oculus Go is a Standalone VR that is designed to extend the appeal of the Company’s Oculus technology to the masses. Which means, now the user won’t be required to plugging the VR to a smartphone or a cord tethering to a personal computer like the Oculus Rift and HTC vive.
“I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality,” said Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to a crowd of computer programmers gathered at the event.
The Oculus Go is lightweight and features a high-resolution WQHD LCD screen. It also comes with built-in speakers that delivers spatial audio.
Hugo Barra, VP of VR at Facebook said the device, “hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR.” He said it’s lightweight and “feels incredibly soft to wear.” The VR will sport lenses that have the same wide field-of-view as that in Rift and will also have a small controller similar to the one that ships with the Samsung Gear VR.
Now that Facebook has entered the standalone VR arena and that too with a bang in price point, the Oculus Go could promise to expand its low-end mobile strategy to go beyond Samsung partnership for the Gear VR. The new Oculus VR will open up a new market for Facebook, allowing consumers to perhaps away from relying on Samsung just for an entry-level VR experience.
According to Zuckerberg, “it’s the most accessible VR headset yet” priced at $199 and it’s going to ship early next year.