Facebook's Oculus Go doesn't require a phone or PC
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Facebook has announced its latest device--Oculus headset, a virtual reality device that doesn't need a computer or phone for functioning.
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg during the recent VR developer conference in San Jose has presented the new headset, known as Oculus Go. The main purpose of this gadget, according to Zuckerberg, is to gather one billion people to use virtual reality. But to reach that goal, the company has worked on affordability and quality. Therefore, the new ‘toy’ costs $199 and ship early next year, but dev kits for virtual reality developers are expected to be available by November.
Compared to the Oculus Rift, which is way more expensive and costs about $600, the Oculus Go is “the most accessible VR headset yet.” As expected, it won’t offer you the same VR experience. For instance Oculus Go will allow you to spin around but not move around freely while in virtual reality.
Hugo Barra, Facebook’s VP of VR, said that it’s “hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR.” The Oculus Go comes with a “fast-switch” WQHD LCD screen, spatial audio and wide-field lenses. It is lightweight and “feels incredibly soft to wear,” Barra said.
More details about the device’s specs are still expected, but something is for sure — the Oculus Go is offering VR technology to a wider market by eliminating the need for a costly PC, as well as free them from relying on Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR, which require a smartphone to operate.
"If you can't think of any way that your reality can be better, then you're not thinking hard enough," Zuckerberg said.