Oculus Go : a VR helmet for 199 dollars only

Oculus Go : a VR helmet for 199 dollars only

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled "Oculus Go"- a new virtual reality (VR) headset. There's no firm release date yet, but Oculus says the Go will ship early next year.

The Oculus Go will be priced at US$199 and is due to go on sale early next year, allowing users to watch movies or concerts, play games, or hang out with your friends in VR.

The Go was described by Zuckerberg as sitting in the "sweet spot" between PC VR and mobile VR and will likely spawn some interesting mid-range content both in the gaming market as well as other VR experiences.

More details around the Oculus Go is set to be announced nearer launch.

The Oculus Rift was priced at $599, with controllers adding another $200 to the mix.

Zuckerburg did confirm a $199 United States price tag however, leading us to believe that the standalone VR headset will cost £199 in the UK. Anything that works with the Gear VR is created to be compatible with the Oculus Go, it also features built-in support through the Oculus mobile SDK for Unreal and Unity game engines. Across all PC-based VR headsets we are forecasting a world installed base of 2.4 million by the end of the year. At a time when virtual reality is a niche pursuit, this is an interesting strategy to expand the market - but also carries the risk of splitting it up.

To achieve that goal, Zuckerberg has to figure a way for people to be able to move while using the premium, standalone VR device. It makes more sense for Oculus to draw from the Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR ecosystems, where motion tracking and hand controls are already standard.

Facebook has not yet revealed the technical specifications of theOculus Gb, but promises an enhanced visual experience (reflections reduced, wider angle of view) and a greater comfort for the wearer, which passes by the use of the best materials for the manufacture of the helmet and especially by a reduced body weight.

Equipped with next-generation lenses it also has built-in speakers. Spatial audio is built into the headset though there always is the provision to go for a 3.5 mm headphone should one look for a more intimate listening experience.

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