Facebook has revealed a wireless standalone VR headset, the Oculus Go. Facebook announced the gadget during the annual conference of the Oculus’ developers on Wednesday in San Jose, California. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said that the new VR headsets would cost $199 and its first shipment will come early 2018.
Oculus Go is not the first VR Headset from Facebook, they already have the Oculus Rift, which comparing its price and the features, it’s relatively expensive. Its initial cost was $399 together with its controllers before Facebook reduced the rate to $299 during the conference.
The Oculus Rift has cables, and it requires a high-powered PC to operate, which makes it only suitable for gamers. Ordinary users who want to pack it and play from a friend’s house or in school cannot manage using this Facebook’s old VR Headset.
On the other hand, the Oculus Go will be user-friendly as a smartphone can power it, and it has no wires which make it easy to carry around. Zuckerberg said that the Oculus Go is designed with improved features to beat its competitor Headsets of its caliber like the Samsung Gear Headset.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, the Oculus Go comes to address the spot between its own Oculus Rift and other portable VR Headsets powered by smartphones.
During last year’s developer conference, Facebook announced their plans to build the standalone VR Headsets, and a year later it’s a dream come true. Zuckerberg’s efforts to introduce the VR tech to the world has seen Facebook develop VR videos with prominent Americans like President Barack Obama and the NFL’s LeBron James. Their recent move was a 40 minute VR video clip.
The Oculus Go is the Highest-end, most affordable and most accessible VR experience every Virtual Reality lover can ever find. And Zuckerberg, in his own words, wants to use it to get “1 billion people in Virtual Reality.” The company already has a three-billion user platforms; Facebook, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Facebook is also developing a new multi-user feature that a group of people can use to watch live events like sports or live concerts in one virtual hall. The new function will be called Venues.