Oculus Announces Standalone 'Oculus Go' for $199

Oculus Announces Standalone 'Oculus Go' for $199

His company's Oculus headsets that send people into artificial worlds are too expensive and confining to appeal to the masses.

Last year, Facebook announced that Oculus was working on a higher-fidelity experience that would let the Rift headset be untethered from the PC. "And more people in VR means more people to play, connect, and share with, whether you're diving into groundbreaking new first-person shooters like ARKTIKA.1 or exploring the depths of space in the award-winning Echo franchise", Oculus wrote on its blog. I don't know anyone outside of the technology industry who owns one.

The new VR device is developed to be more compact, more powerful graphics, along with cameras that will use inside-out tracking.

You can think of the Oculus Go as a standalone Gear VR. Its specs seem most equivalent to using a Gear VR, utilizing "fast-switching" WQHD LCD screens and spatial audio, including a small controller that similar to what ships with the current Gear VR, as well as being compatible with all Gear VR software.

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 Vive is now priced at $599, and the Oculus was at a special price over the summer of $499. The Rift is also getting a price cut to $399.

"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and low-priced as possible", said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. It introduced new avatars that can be customized and feature more lifelike facial expressions on Wednesday. In the meantime, we've gathered up the best VR deals that are live right now, including both games and hardware bundles - and you can head to our deals site to find more of our curated picks. It has since been acquired by Microsoft, which hopes to bring it back to life with its Mixed Reality headsets. Facebook needs this, it's what helps sell gaming consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation.

Which of these announcements did you find most exciting? It's still early for the VR industry and firms such as Sony have seen relative success. At the developer conference, the company launched Oculus for Business which will allow companies buy the Oculus Rift bundles in bulk and be able to avail enterprise-grade warranties. On the other hand, Instagram exploded from 30 million users when Facebook bought it in 2012 to more than 800 million.

In 2014, Facebook paid $3 billion to acquire Oculus and retain its employees.

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