Facebook-owned Oculus built another VR headset: the $199 wireless 'Oculus Go'

Oculus Go: The $200 Standalone Headset VR Needs

The Oculus For Business Bundles will come with an Oculus Rift, Touch controllers, three sensors for creating room-scale VR, plus extra face pads so businesses can accomodate high volumes of different users.

When it hits the market next year it will cost $199, which is a big drop from the Rift, which originally sold for $599 and required a powerful computer costing at least $500 to power the virtual reality experiences and games.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: The headsets his company's Oculus division has been making to put users into artificial worlds are too expensive and confining to appeal to the masses. It's a burgeoning market right now: a year ago, just about every VR headset required a connection to a powerful computer, or used a smartphone for its processing power. Go is just one stop on our journey to get there. It's also promising that its new lenses offer "a wide field of view with significantly reduced glare". "The problem is you will be spending that money on a device that only does VR and nothing else". The display is a fast-switch LCD screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, and it comes with integrated headphones.

Oculus Go is positioned in the middle of the road, and this is an important link to make if Facebook wants to grow VR. That's essential for blur-free VR.

Oculus Go dev kits will begin shipping in November 2017, the company says.

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Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra says Oculus Go is the best way for developers to get into VR.

Unlike the Rift, the untethered nature of the Go means that it won't have the full tracking capabilities, but that can be a benefit as well since not everyone has a dedicated location they can leverage VR.

Gartner analyst Brian Blau said there's still one hurdle the Oculus Go will have to overcome. If it does run Android, that could open a whole world of possibilities.

Facebook has shaken up Oculus management team since then in a series of moves that included the departure of founder Palmer Luckey earlier this year. The latest Gear VR headset costs around $130, but you can only use that if you have a Samsung phone that costs $600-1,000. Facebook is still trying to bring virtual reality into the mainstream, and hopes the new headset will help.

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