Desktop not essential: Facebook unveils standalone VR headset

Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it developed a new virtual reality system called Oculus Go, which the American company will launch on 2018.

Zuckerberg said the new Oculus Go is an important tool to reach his goal of including a billion users to VR given the low costs of the headset coupled. During the fourth annual Oculus Connect conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to announce the Oculus Go, a completely standalone device that won't need a PC or a smartphone to work.

The stand-alone headset doesn't require plugging in a smartphone or a cord tethering it to a personal computer like other VR, or virtual reality, headsets.

Now, Oculus is trying to make virtual reality more affordable for the masses.

In fact, it makes it much easier for developers to create content for Gear VR and Oculus Go at the same time if there are similarities between the headsets. It categorically feels like an Oculus Rift, because it's got positional tracking and motion controllers.

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The Oculus Go will straddle the market between the Rift and the Samsung Gear, a $129 headset that runs on some of Samsung's higher-priced phones.

Lately, virtual reality has boomed due to the impressive advances it represents, and the vast range of things people can do with it. In fact, he suggested that developers start by "sprucing up some Gear VR-level things", not bringing Rift games over.

Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, will move from a niche interest to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications.

The same set also runs at £399 for the United Kingdom and European Union markets, as well as making it a whole lot more affordable than competing offers like the HTC Vive, which still retails for about $600 as of this time.

According to Investor Place, the new standalone VR headset will arrive with built-in speakers, providing VR enthusiasts with integrated audio. However, there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening, or for when you're getting on your housemates' nerves.

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