Facebook announces cord-free Oculus Go for $199

Facebook announces cord-free Oculus Go for $199

Facebook announces cord-free Oculus Go for $199

Like most kinds of consumer electronics, VR is going through a phase of cord-cutting, and in the not-too-distant future we might be able to do away with the tripping hazard of the cable that tends to wrap itself around your legs while using a Rift or Vive. The headset also has a pair of spatial audio speakers built into the sides, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack if you'd rather immerse yourself and not the neighbors.

The high-end standalone headset will make its way into developers hands next year, and they'll also get to play with the new Touch controllers for the headset.

"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and low-priced as possible", he said. "And $199 is an affordable entry for a lot of people who are just starting out in VR". You can invite friends to visit and check out your Home, of course, and Oculus says it's looking into other ways you can hang with your virtual buddies in the future. Rs 13,000), the Oculus Go falls comfortably between Samsung's Gear VR and the company's own Rift headset. This means it should be able to run all existing Gear VR apps and games without modification, and since those are all created to run on an Android-powered Galaxy phone, it seems very likely that the Go runs some form of Android.

Alphabet Inc offers a rival headset, Google Daydream, that works with yet more smartphones.

The Oculus Go, though, is a fully standalone "all-in-one" device.

Finally, in addition to the new Oculus Go, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also (again) teased an unreleased prototype VR headset codenamed Santa Cruz, which promises new positionally tracked controllers with up to six-degrees of motion.

The goal, according to Zuckerberg, is to get one billion people to use virtual reality. In reality they were at the company's Menlo Park, California, headquarters wearing virtual reality headsets.

But this week, Zuckerberg was criticized for his attempt at showing how VR could generate empathy.

"One of the most powerful features of VR is empathy". In its blog post, Oculus says that it has already partnered with the likes of Audi, DHL, and Cisco Spark VR, who have incorporated the company's VR tech in their respective fields. "Reading some of the comments, I realize this wasn't clear, and I'm sorry to anyone this offended". Those figures include headsets for what is known as augmented reality.

Facebook has invested huge sums in VR in recent years and the social network predicts it will become the next big leap in how people communicate online.

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