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What would really get you to purchase a VR headset? How a few $199 worth?  

Fb simply introduced Oculus Go, a standalone headset that does not require a PC or a cellphone to get you into VR, on the firm’s Oculus Join developer convention. 

It is coming 2018 for $199, or roughly £150 or AU$255 transformed.

In response to Fb exec Hugo Barra, particulars embrace:

“Tremendous light-weight” material design Mesh material strapsFoam inside building layers that conform to face2,560×1,440-pixel “fast-switching LCD show””Subsequent-gen” lenses in comparison with Oculus Rift — “We have not seen this readability in VR earlier than,” says BarraSpacial audioSingle movement controllerWill play some titles from the Samsung Gear VR libraryAvailable “early subsequent yr”, with developer kits delivery in November.

“We wish to get a billion individuals in digital actuality,” stated Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg, shortly earlier than the reveal. “We imagine this would be the most accessible VR ever,” stated Barra.

What Fb did not describe: the graphical constancy or battery life to anticipate from a $199 standalone headset. Excessive-end VR headsets historically require tethering to highly effective PCs or sport consoles exactly to keep away from these points — they’re the excuse Intel gave when it canceled its Venture Alloy headset this yr. 

But it surely additionally appears like Oculus Go will not be Fb’s solely standalone VR headset. Final yr, Fb introduced it was exploring the area with its Santa Cruz standalone VR headset, and it seems that machine remains to be on monitor: the completely wi-fi, base-station-free headset, which now has revamped controllers, was proven once more on stage right now:

As my colleague Ian Sherr illustrated earlier this week, Fb actually wants a win. As soon as the de facto chief and poster baby for the know-how, the corporate’s having a troublesome time getting individuals to purchase its Oculus Rift headgear — in keeping with a number of sources, the corporate offered as few as 250,000 headsets in its first yr in the marketplace.

Although back-to-back worth cuts have reportedly elevated demand — estimates place Oculus at over 1 million gross sales — rivals like Sony and HTC wasted little time chopping their very own costs as effectively. (Oculus introduced right now that it is dropping the worth of a whole Rift bundle to $400, making its summer time sale worth everlasting.)

The brand new Oculus VR lineup.

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And repeated public gaffes, like Mark Zuckerberg’s insensitive digital tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the occasions that led to the awkward departure of outspoken Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, have taken a few of the sheen away from Oculus and from VR as a complete.

We’ll be updating this story with any further particulars we acquire as Oculus Join continues.

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