In its Connect Conference yesterday, Oculus VR, which is owned by Facebook, unveiled its new standalone VR headset named the Oculus Go.
The Oculus Go is gray in color, has a power button, a small circular button, and a volume adjuster, at the top of the device. The fabric is breathable and the strap is adjustable.
Hugo Barra formerly VP of Xiaomi and currently the head of Oculus have told that the Go is “hands-down the easiest way to get into VR”. The screen dimension of the headset is 2560 x 1440 having new lenses and spatial audio. This spatial audio indicates that the users will not need a separate headset.
Go has a remote control that has a large circular dial, a back/return key, and a button with the Oculus logo. It also has a wrist strap as well as a trigger button.
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There is no indication of battery capacity and it does not have inside-out tracking. The general expectation of the market is that Go will be shipped in early 2018 with a price of around $199. The development kit will be available from November.
Oculus has beaten its competitors like HTC and Lenovo as it announced the gadget before them. HTC will launch a Daydream VR headset named Vive Focus before the year-end and Lenovo will follow suit. The pricing and features will actually determine which gadget the user will choose.
Earlier, Oculus cut the price of the Rift headset, permanently, to $399 which includes Touch controllers. Users will get six free apps, bundled with the device. Oculus is competing with Microsoft’s Mixed Reality which has a price range between $399 and $499. To stay competitive, with Microsoft, Oculus had made this price cut for Rift Headset.