Back in July we wrote about the rumour that Oculus VR was planning to announce a fully portable $200 VR headset, and now that rumour is a reality.
Facebook has financed heavily in virtual reality hardware products to include a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, and Facebook hopes a niche concern to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications. The announcement was quite special for numerous reasons, the first one being that a new VR headset adds to the very short list of physical products that Facebook makes. There's no word yet on an official United Kingdom launch price, but a direct pound to dollar conversion leaves us with a rough £150 asking price. This is much more affordable compared to the Oculus Rift which costs $400. "And $199 is an cheap entry for a lot of people who are just starting out in VR". Although, of course, you'll need a smartphone to use that.
Oculus Go: When is the release date? If anything, Oculus has been a drag on the company.
Oculus Go features: What's new?
Oculus Go: What will it offer? For instance, they talk about the ergonomic design, and lightweight feel, and comfortable fabric, but they don't give any dimensions or the amount of kilograms it weighs. Samsung's Gear VR, which is powered by Oculus is already for sale in the market.
Oculus Go also allows developers to create and share experiences more easily. The convenience of Oculus Go's all-in-one form factor, while appealing, is not enough, I believe, to overcome the price differential. From the wired version, Oculus now has a wireless pair in the form of Oculus GO. According to The Verge, Facebook made it known that the prototype of the Santa Cruz appears to be similar to Oculus Rift's consumer variant.
Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) held its Oculus Connect 4 event yesterday, where the company announced the Oculus Go.
Meanwhile, Facebook is also planning to convince the corporate world to jump into VR by introducing a new way through which companies can take advantage of this technology.