Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

SAN JOSE, Calif-On stage at the Oculus Connect 4 conference, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the wraps off of Oculus Go, the company's first "sweet spot" standalone headset. Facebook and Oculus haven't pinned down a name yet, so it's possible that this could be the true successor to the original Oculus Rift.

In an official announcement, Oculus called its Oculus Go headset the "easiest way to experience VR".

One thing that might help solve that last bit is the Oculus Go's price.

Oculus executive Hugo Barra described the headset as way to enable VR for everyday use. So, it has the same wide field of view as the Rift, but with significantly reduced glare. Audio drivers will also be built right into the headset. The headset uses new lenses that are meant to reduce flare, coupled with a 2560x1440 "fast-switch" LCD screen that's meant to offer sharp text and visuals. That'll apply to Oculus' next-generation controllers, too. Mind you, this headset had been rumored prior to Oculus Connect, as Facebook had already announced a Santa Cruz standalone prototype past year. Given that this headset boasts a WQHD display capable of 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, we wonder how high Oculus can raise its own bar until Project Santa Cruz releases. In other words, Santa Cruz is a separate, distinct product from Oculus Go. They've done a pretty great job of that, as the headset will cost just $199 when it launches in early 2018.

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