Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Oculus Go Standalone VR-Headset Announced for £150

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Sherri Watson | 11 October, 2017, 21:01

Well Oculus Connect 4 has started with a bang, with Mark Zuckerberg making some major announcements straight off the bat.

This headset will not have the giant wire that the Rift sports, nor the external wired sensors that track the headset.

Oculus Go is shipping with what Oculus terms "next generation" VR optics that will reduce glare and improve the field of view. New Oculus CEO Hugo Barra called it "The sweet spot between mobile and PC VR". The Oculus Go will be available for developers to use from November 2017, while the rest of us will have to wait until next year to get our hands on it.

Zuckerberg announced the "all-in-one", "accessible" headset today as part of an effort in Facebook and Oculus' goal to put one billion people in VR. It's introducing a much more refined version of Project Santa Cruz, the stand-alone VR headset it showed off past year. Additionally, the headset comes with built-in spatial audio and a good ol' fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack as well. As before, this bundle includes both the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch motion controllers. Given that this headset boasts a WQHD display capable of 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, we wonder how high Oculus can raise its own bar until Project Santa Cruz releases.

The Go will cost $199, and will ship "early next year", Zuckerberg said at Oculus's annual developers conference in San Jose, Calif.