Facebook to sell portable headset for virtual reality

Facebook to sell portable headset for virtual reality

"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", Mr. Zuckerberg reassured a crowd of computer programmers gathered in San Jose, California, for Oculus' annual conference. The company says the Go is "binary-compatible" with apps for the Gear VR.

Beyond price cuts and new products, Facebook is trying different ways to attract people to the virtual-reality medium. Oculus Go is the name of the headset, and will cost just $199 per purchase. Sitting between the Gear VR and Oculus Rift, the Go is the company's first standalone headset that does not need a smartphone to function. It lets you use desktop apps into the VR environment too, which will definitely increase the time people spend inside VR headsets. It will be able to run the same VR as the Samsung Gear, leading Blau to conclude the Go will rely on the same Android operating system as the Gear and likely include similar processors as Samsung phones. Users will hear the benefits of integrated spatial audio through the in-built speakers.

As for technical specifications, the announcement doesn't explain much.

At the Oculus Connect 4 event, a lot of virtual reality (VR) related things were announced, and the biggest of them all was Oculus' first untethered (wireless) VR headset. While it looks like the company has used an LCD panels with a faster refresh rate, something that is of utmost importance when it comes to VR experience, we're not sure if it matches or surpasses the 90Hz displays used on the Rift.

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In the same way that those glued to their smartphones cause traffic accidents while driving or when crossing a road, VR in the real world, without restraint, can be risky (not to mention how someone walking down the road wearing a VR headset could be viewed by others, as Google Glassholes showed us several years ago). The biggest competitors in the PC VR space is Facebook's Oculus and HTC's Vive. "Opening up more of those experiences to more of us - that's not isolating, that's freeing".

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. So, what do you think about the VR future and its overall development?

Oculus also showcased updates to its Santa Cruz prototype, including new positionally tracked controllers with six degrees of freedom that bring the power of Rift and Touch to the standalone category.

Upgrades for Oculus Avatars was also introduced in the conference. It will allow people to watch live concerts, sports, movie premiers, etc.

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