Monday, 23 October, 2017

Facebook unveils Oculus Go VR headset

Image credit Oculus The Oculus Go VR headset
Terence Owen | 12 October, 2017, 03:00

Facebook is going all-in with its VR headset.

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said Oculus will be releasing a new virtual reality headset for $199 next year that doesn't need to be tethered to a computer. This makes the device more of a Gear VR alternative than anything. This is due to Oculus Go adopting the role of the company's first and proper standalone VR headset.

It's meant to be used for watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with friends in VR. But Oculus has been rumored to be working on a lower end device - one more aligned to pricing of the $129 Gear VR. Earlier this year, the tech titan chose to fold its Story Studio, the virtual reality film studio operated under the Oculus umbrella.

Image credit Oculus
The Oculus Go

Santa Cruz will use redesigned controllers with a touchpad that'll pave the way for developers to create even more content. Facebook-owned Oculus didn't provide a timeline for when Santa Cruz will be ready for primetime. Oculus Go has a high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen has a dramatic effect on visual clarity and reduces screen door effect.

And the next-generation lenses are also supposedly Oculus' best ever, offering a wide field of view with a significantly reduced glare. While still in prototype form, the new version looks much more polished than what Oculus trotted out at last year's Connect event. To be safe, however, the headset will also include a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.

Zuckerberg touted an 80-year-old British grandmother who uses virtual reality because she's too old now to go "on holiday", and talked about how the technology would let his daughters experience being on the International Space Station.

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