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Title    Facebook Announces Oculus Go for $200
Date    Thursday October 12, @05:49AM
Author    Fnord666
Topic   
from the go-go-gadget-VR dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/10/11/2119230

takyon writes:

Facebook is attempting to make virtual reality a mainstream product, and hopes to reach one billion VR users "one day":

In its continued effort to take virtual reality mainstream, Facebook has announced Oculus Go - a standalone headset that will be released in 2018. Mark Zuckerberg said the device, priced at $199, would be the "most accessible VR experience ever".

Sales of the company's VR hardware have been slow since launching the first Oculus Rift headset in March 2016. "If VR doesn't go mass market at this price point, I think we can conclude that it never will," said John Delaney, an analyst with IDC. Facebook's previous budget VR product, Gear VR, is $129, but requires a high-end Samsung smartphone in order to work. Speaking at Facebook's yearly virtual reality developers conference in San Jose, Mr Zuckerberg acknowledged the slow adoption of the technology to date. But he said his company's goal was that one day, it would get one billion people into VR.

The headset is a standalone device that does not require a smartphone, headphones, or tether to a desktop computer. The high-end Oculus Rift headset has had its price cut to $400 (for good).

Oculus Go is not being sold anytime soon, and the Oculus blog warns that "Oculus Go is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until [FCC] authorization is obtained". Facebook says that the devices will be sent to developers within the next 12 months. Specs and battery details are also unknown (maybe they need to use one of these for you to feel safe strapping it to your head).

Also at Washington Post and TechCrunch. Oculus Blog.

Previously: Google Partnering With HTC and Lenovo for Standalone VR Headsets
Virtual Reality Audiences Stare Straight Ahead 75% of the Time
Google Bisects VR
Facebook/Oculus Reportedly Working on $200 Standalone VR Headset


Original Submission

Links

  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "attempting to make virtual reality a mainstream product" - http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41590202
  3. "price cut to $400" - https://www.gamespot.com/articles/oculus-rift-price-cut-again-and-its-already-in-eff/1100-6453983/
  4. "for good" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/07/11/0323236
  5. "one of these" - https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/the-plastic-battery-that-doesnt-explode/
  6. "Washington Post" - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/10/11/facebook-announces-a-wireless-200-virtual-reality-headset/
  7. "TechCrunch" - https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/11/facebooks-new-virtual-reality-strategy-self-reliance/
  8. "Oculus Blog" - https://www.oculus.com/blog/pioneering-the-frontier-of-vr-introducing-oculus-go-plus-santa-cruz-updates/
  9. "Google Partnering With HTC and Lenovo for Standalone VR Headsets" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/05/20/0212252
  10. "Virtual Reality Audiences Stare Straight Ahead 75% of the Time" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/19/1436221
  11. "Google Bisects VR" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/23/1117218
  12. "Facebook/Oculus Reportedly Working on $200 Standalone VR Headset" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/07/14/0239232
  13. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=22717

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