Paired together, Oculus and Facebook bring only one thing into mind, which is definitely about virtual reality.
Last week, the Facebook-owned tech company announced a new standalone VR headset called Oculus Go at its Oculus Connect annual developer conference in California. During the conference, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the device and commented about the targeting goals for the product.
Positioned as a mobile VR headset, Oculus Go aimed at delivering the same mobile VR experience as the Gear VR headset, but Go is a much more accessible version. While Go doesn’t offer any positional tracking, the fully independent headset does feature three degrees of freedom (3DOF), head tracking and the same 110° field of view as the Rift headset, as well as, a built-in spatial audio.
Here’s the short introduction of Oculus Go:
Head of Rift, Nate Mitchell, said that the goal of producing such a device was to create a virtual reality device that makes it possible to work without a computer screen. Also, according to Hugo Barra, ‘VP of VR’ at Facebook commented about the device and said it is hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR.
The new standalone Oculus Go is expected to launch in early 2018 and is notable for its price. The device will cost $199 and because unlike its previous version, the headset doesn’t need a specialized PC to operate. So we can say that the price is affordable if you consider it as a self-contained product.
However the product is still not aired, Oculus Go is an important step to make VR more mainstream when compared to the others as well.