Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go, a full VR experience on a Budget?

Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go, a full VR experience on a Budget?

Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go, a full VR experience on a Budget?

Facebook is not going to stop: As the leading social giant is launching a new virtual reality headset that does not necessitate a detached computer to operate, permitting additional mobile consumption than the company's existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday while attending a conference with virtual developers.

The company is positioning this as a VR experience for people on a budget and has an aim to reach as well as bring more than 1 billion people to the Virtual reality world. But "I signed up for this mission of getting a billion people in VR". We have to find the sweet spot in the middle.

The new Oculus Go device will start shipping to developers in November to enable them to start building apps. This is one of the biggest way the new product can pull off a lower price.

Facebook designed the Oculus Go with breathable fabrics and will allow users to modify the device's straps.

Oculus Go was first announced with an image, price point, and vague release window shown behind Zuckerberg on stage. As for Samsung's smartphone-powered Gear VR, you can grab one for just £120.

Technically, I got two demos with Santa Cruz: a hangout session with Oculus' dog-like alien "mascot" Bogo, and a shootout in the Rift's Wild West gunslinging game Dead and Buried.

Oculus has cooked up a very tempting alternative to the pricier VR headset it has offered thus far.

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

Oculus also gave a sneak peak of the next phase of its Santa Cruz motion-tracked controllers that enhance the standalone experience of Oculus Go. The device will be available with a small controller.

What's more, the Santa Cruz system will include an updated pair of "Santa Cruz controllers", which combine the design and fit of the current Oculus Touch controllers with a giant, thumb-friendly trackpad-meaning, Oculus Touch and SteamVR games will soon be controllable nearly identically.

Barra also announced business-specific initiatives, including a new "Oculus for Business" purchase plan that bundles more Oculus Rift and Touch hardware for the sake of business development.

Recent discounts lowered the Rift's price to $399 at various times during the summer, a markdown Oculus now says will be permanent.

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