Monday, 23 October, 2017

Facebook is making access to VR cheaper with the Oculus Go

Facebook is making access to VR cheaper with the Oculus Go Zuckerberg announces £199 Oculus Go as “sweet spot” standalone VR headset
Velma Reese | 13 October, 2017, 01:04

Zuckerberg touted Oculus Go as the first product in a "sweet spot" between virtual experiences using smartphones and those handled by powerful desktop computers.

The all-in-one VR headset is created to be accessible and is made up of "super lightweight" materials, including a new "soft and breathable" fabric for the facial interface.

From exploring new places to conducting meetings in virtual reality, the technology isn't just about recreating real life, but "imagining the world as it could be", the tech mogul said.

Facebook has also revealed a permanent price-cut for the Oculus Rift, which will now be retailing at a price of $399 instead of the original $499 price tag.

Further, Hugo Barra, Facebook's VP of VR, referred to the new headset as "hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR", adding that it is lightweight and "feels incredibly soft to wear". VR is just getting started. "The problem is you will be spending that money on a device that only does VR and nothing else". The Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset, and it, therefore, does not need to be paired to a phone to work. When the device is paired with some Samsung phones, it functions identical to Oculus Go. Smartphone powered VR headsets are becoming more and more common, but they still require an investment of a key component.

Chester Bennington's Family Gives Blessing to Air Linkin Park's 'Carpool Karaoke' Segment
At one point in the episode, Jeong makes his pitch to join the band and earns his place by mock-feuding with Shinoba. Rolling Stone reported Linkin Park shared the video on its Facebook page .

The cost of new headsets continues to drop and makes the technology to be more accessible for the variety of people. In fact, the company has been trying different ways to attract people to the virtual-reality medium.

Apparently, this is not going to stop Facebook from trying to push for the more widespread adoption of VR and it's starting by addressing the main concern of convenience. Being a developers' conference, Zuckerberg and his executives spent time on explaining how this opens up opportunities for the developers to work on the VR platform.

"Reading some of the comments, I realize this wasn't clear, and I'm sorry to anyone this offended". From what it looks like Facebook is extensively betting on hardware pricing to broaden VR appeal.

About 16 million head-mounted display devices were shipped in 2016, a number expected to rise to 22 million this year, according to Gartner.

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