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Mark Zuckerburg Showcases Wireless Rift at Oculus Connect 3

The keynote has begun at Oculus Connect 3 and taking the stage is Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Yesterday he sent out a teasing message on Facebook saying: “Getting ready to demo something new we’ve been building in virtual reality.” Now the CEO has revealed what that was, a wireless prototype of Oculus Rift.

(Edit: VRFocus has now had a hands-on with the device called the “Santa Cruz”, you can read our preview here.)

Currently for wireless virtual reality (VR) experiences users have to use a device such as Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard, which utilise smartphone technology. The downside of this is that those platforms don’t have depth in VR, so that users can’t actually move in and around an experience, they can just look around.

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Now Zuckerberg has showcased an early prototype for a wireless Oculus Rift which still enables fully immersive experiences. From the images shown the prototype has a device on the back of the headset straps and a further panel on the front, connected by a cable between the two.

This is still very early days as the CEO stated: “We’re working on this now, it’s still early.” He then added: “We have a demo but not a product.”

Untethering headsets such as Oculus Rift from its PC enables an even greater level of immersion as users won’t need to worry about tripping over, or standing on cables.

VRFocus will continue its coverage of Oculus Connect 3, as further announcements are made.