Facebook Announces Oculus Go, It can run without a smartphone or PC!

Another New entry to the ever-expanding  VR family. A VR with a price tag of $199. Convinced? Maybe not. A VR that was announced by Facebook, convinced yet? Then how about a VR, which does not require any smartphone or PC to run? I might have your attention now.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new mobile headset, yes you read it right, a “headset”, not a “handset” called “Oculus Go.” a standalone headset that doesn’t require a PC or a phone to get you into VR, at the company’s Oculus Connect developer conference. Zuckerberg during the event said, “it’s the most accessible VR headset yet;”

It’s coming at a price tag of  $199, in early December, or roughly Rs.13000. Oculus Go will allow users to spin around but not move freely.

According to Oculus VP of VR Hugo Barra, the new VR will comprise of some exciting specs.

Right off the bat, The Oculus Go will sport a built-in 2560×1440 display, unlike The Rift and Samsung’s Gear which uses OLED screens because of the faster refresh rate, Oculus Go will come with an LCD screen. That’s essential for blur-free VR. Nonetheless, Oculus says the “fast-switch” technology used in this LCD makes it suitable for VR. The VR also has a “Super lightweight” fabric design, which includes mesh fabric straps, it will also have a foam inner construction layers that conform to face. Some of the other features have been mentioned below:

  • Spacial audio with built-in speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Single motion controller with 3 degrees of freedom (Just like Gear VR — you can swing a sword, but not reach out and grab)
  • Will play titles from the Samsung Gear VR library (they’re binary compatible)
  • Available “early next year”, however, the developer will be shipping this November.


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