Oculus announces Oculus Go: Standalone VR Headset

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Thanks to the financial backing of Facebook, Oculus have expanded their product line up to include the all new Oculus Go. It is designed to sit in the middle between the Rift and the Oculus powered Samsung Gear VR.

This headset requires no phone and no cables running to the PC. It will be able to play movies, run games, and help you meet up with friends in VR. It is built to be lightweight, is has a new mesh foam interface, and it supposedly has the best visual clarity so far seen in VR, thanks to new lenses and a WQHD LCD fast-switch display with a higher fill-factor than OLED.

There is no need for headphones either as the headset includes a “spatial audio experience”, but you can still plug them in if you wish.

The Oculus Go will have a controller similar to that of the Samsung Gear VR, meaning devs can create apps that work on both platforms. It is expected that a lot of the apps from the Gear VR will be available on the Oculus from day one.

The overall experience is supposed to be familiar to the Gear VR too, allowing users to spin around but not move freely.

Pricing is set at just $199 making it considerable cheap than the Oculus Rift, which should hopefully help bring VR into the mainstream. At the moment there is no release date, just sometime early next year. There is no UK pricing but expect it to be around £199

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