At the fourth annual Oculus Connect developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the latest product in the family of Oculus virtual reality (VR) products – the Oculus Go.
Unlike the Oculus Rift which requires users to remain tethered to a powerful PC, the Oculus Go is a standalone device that doesn’t need a PC to run, and doesn’t need the user to add in a compatible smartphone in order to function.
The specifications for the device have not yet been confirmed, but it is believed that the Oculus Go will act primarily as a platform for mobile VR content such as what is currently available on the Samsung Gear VR.
Zuckerberg described the Oculus Go as sitting in the ‘sweet spot’ between high-end PC VR and mobile VR. The device showcased at Oculus Connect was in a silver/white colour, looking somewhat similar to the current Oculus Rift headset, though heavily streamlined and, of course, with no wires.
The Oculus Go is expected to begin shipping early in 2018, priced at $199 (USD).
Facebook have announced that their goal is to get 1 billion people into VR, as said b y Zuckerberg on stage at the event. The Oculus Go and the other wireless Oculus solution, the Santa Cruz, are both significant steps in this direction.
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