Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

New, cheaper Oculus VR headset doesn't need a PC

New, cheaper Oculus VR headset doesn't need a PC

That story has now been confirmed with the social media giant announcing a standalone VR headset that requires no phone or PC. Oculus Go will launch in early 2018. However, the new headset will be available next year and aims to make a new category for the virtual reality industry.

He said the device was an important step towards bringing VR to the masses saying he wanted to get a billion people into virtual reality.

Facebook is targeting the device to be more than just a gaming experience with the ability to watch movies, concerts and meet friends in the realm of VR. If the new device strikes a chord with VR enthusiasts, it could help the tech company gain market share in the industry. It's massive because it offers so much simplicity, and without the need for a cable or a mobile phone. But why? Altspace VR, a firm that raised $10 million and once ran one of the more popular social VR experiences, originally shut down in August citing the "general slowness of VR market growth". Before you needed a computer that had at least $1,000 in parts to run virtual reality software, but now you can buy pre-built systems for less than $600. Amid great competition from HTC, Sony, and Samsung, the new virtual reality headset will have a price tag of not more than $200, Deccan Chronicle reported.

Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra said that the company developed custom lenses for the headset, which allow for a wide field of view. The headset uses a "high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen", which likely means 120hz is out of the question.

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He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed a part of the 2017 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad , owing to a hamstring injury.

Facebook has shaken up Oculus management team since then in a series of moves that included the departure of founder Palmer Luckey earlier this year. At the announcement, Oculus also dropped the price for the Rift to $399 and revealed an updated Rift UI.

As well as the $199 consumer device, Zuckerberg is holding true to his vision of making VR a communications standard in the business world and revealed the $900 Oculus for Business platform that comes with Rift, Touch controllers, three room sensors, Oculus remote, three Rift Fits and a commercial license.

"The new Oculus for Business bundle makes it easy for your company to get started with hardware, accessories, dedicated service, and expanded warranty and licensing terms". Judging by the fact that no other details were announced, the components used in the Oculus Go probably aren't worth bragging about. The company also showcased wireless controllers, which are simply named Project Santa Cruz Controllers as of now.

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