Oculus announces $199 'Oculus Go' standalone headset

Mindy Sparks
October 11, 2017

Called Oculus Go, it is created to sit between mobile VR, like what you'd get with the Gear VR headset, and high-end headsets that require a PC, such as the Oculus Rift.

At $200, the Oculus Go is the cheapest way to get into VR if you're starting from zero, but for anyone with a remotely modern smartphone, options like Gear VR or Google Daydream will wind up costing less. "And we need to make sure that VR is accessible to everyone". While he didn't say when the headset is expected to launch, Oculus did note that the developer should be able to get their hands on devkits as early as November.

It's an impressive price point for what's said to be a completely standalone device. So, Santa Cruz is a separate, distinct product from Oculus Go. In fact, it's the same field of view as the Oculus Rift. A new fabric has been used for where the headset meets your face, and it's said to be softer and more breathable; the elastic straps are said to be more adjustable than before. Phone-based VR-like Samsung's Gear VR or Google's Daydream-is cheaper, but lacks crucial features like head and body tracking. Additionally, it's very unlikely that the Go will support motion controllers like the Windows Mixed Reality headsets, so the VR experience could be quite limited.

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