Oculus Go: The $200 Standalone Headset VR Needs

Oculus Go: The $200 Standalone Headset VR Needs

Facebook has introduced another virtual reality headset. However, it won't have any positional tracking, which means that high-end VR apps available on the Oculus Rift headset won't run on the device.

Given that assertion (and Zuckerberg's belief that VR will pave the way for augmented-reality adoption), it shouldn't come as a surprise that his ever-expanding social network has big plans for virtual reality once the Oculus Go ships in early 2018. Oculus' avatars are getting redesigned in the future, too - they'll be a bit more realistic looking, and closer to Facebook's VR cartoon avatars. But it has a comfier facial interface, built-in speakers for spatial audio (plus a headphone jack) and wide-angle lenses.

ARKTIKA.1's current price is $29.99 Dollars (or your regional equivalent) and is available now for the Oculus Rift. So, you'll be able to look around in VR, but you can't walk.

Two days earlier, a cartoon version of Zuckerberg visited hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico, in a livestream that was part disaster tourism, part product promotion. In reality they were at the company's Menlo Park, California, headquarters wearing virtual reality headsets.

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He is convinced that VR will evolve into a technology that reshapes the way people interact and experience life, much like Facebook and smartphones already have.

"One of the most powerful features of VR is empathy". "We believe Oculus Go will be the most accessible VR experience", said new head of Oculus VR, Hugo Barra.

"Reading some of the comments, I realize this wasn't clear, and I'm sorry to anyone this offended". Tech giants like Samsung, Google and Microsoft are betting big on the VR industry.

According to research firm Garter Inc, 16 million head-mounted displays were shipped previous year. The new headset was shown off with updated controllers, fittingly dubbed the Santa Cruz controllers. At the outset, the Go seems like a well priced, capable VR headset, and although it won't have the gaming potential of a full PC behind it, the capabilities of a smartphone SoC have been improving dramatically over the years.

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