Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Facebook's Oculus is launching a new VR headset in China

Oculus Go Xiaomi Facebook's Oculus is launching a new VR headset in China
Sherri Watson | 09 January, 2018, 06:46

Oculus said Xiaomi would be its hardware partner for the new Oculus Go headset, announced last October, and would also make the China specific "Mi VR Standalone" using Oculus technology.

Xiaomi is manufacturing the Oculus Go and a second standalone VR headset exclusively for China. The Oculus Go is a low-priced, standalone version that has a subset of the capability of the PC-connected Oculus Rift VR headset, and it represents Facebook's effort to reach a broader audience for VR technology. The company, however, is still providing technology to Xiaomi for its upcoming Mi VR Standalone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.

The partnership with Xiaomi isn't completely unprecedented. However, he did point out the Oculus Go could be the most accessible VR headset in the world due to its starting price tag of United States dollars 199 (about RM 796). Oculus didn't announce availability details just yet, but with the headset making its way to the FCC recently, a launch is imminent.

The Oculus Go is notable because it doesn't need to be hooked up to a phone or PC to function.

In a press release, Xioami said it's partnered with Oculus to localize content from the Oculus Store and bring it to the Mi VR Store in China, and that it "worked closely" with Qualcomm to deliver the "highest possible level" of standlone VR performance. Despite claiming two billion users for its core app, Facebook has never been able to capitalize on that massive group of potential users because it doesn't acquiesce to Chinese censorship laws, which allow the Chinese government to have tight control over the content citizens are able to see and read online.