Oculus drops base unit price, announces new Oculus Go standalone headset

Marlene Weaver
October 14, 2017

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said Oculus will be releasing a new virtual reality headset for $199 next year that doesn't need to be tethered to a computer.

Parallel to the announcement of this new helmet, Facebook drop in the price of the Oculus Rift: it is now sold at 399 dollars, levers included.

This week, Facebook confirmed that the Oculus Go, a new, standalone VR headset, was on its way in early 2018.

The Go was described by Zuckerberg as sitting in the "sweet spot" between PC VR and mobile VR and will likely spawn some interesting mid-range content both in the gaming market as well as other VR experiences.

Facebook vice president for VR Hugo Barra said it is "the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR".

To start Oculus Rift owners frothing at the mouth, the cheaper Oculus Go is equipped with a pair of new, "fast-switch" 2,560 x 1,440 LCD lenses, complete with glare reduction and integrated spatial audio embedded in the headband.

More details around the Oculus Go is set to be announced nearer launch.

Oculus VR/FacebookOculus Rift has permanently lowered the base price for its Rift and Touch bundles.

Accessibility to the masses is - according to the company - also addressed in the price of the headset, which will be $199 (approximately £149) when it launches in November. "We're going to double-down on that potential".

The all-in-one VR headset is created to be accessible and is made up of "super lightweight" materials, including a new "soft and breathable" fabric for the facial interface. And the VR headset fits neatly into that mid-priced territory where Samsung's Gear VR lives (that at $129) - a gadget consumers don't see as completely outside their budget.

Facebook has announced the wireless headset with virtual reality for $200, which does not even need a smartphone to control.

To achieve that goal, Zuckerberg has to figure a way for people to be able to move while using the premium, standalone VR device.

Speakers are built into the side of the headset, but users can plug in headphones should they want a more immersive or private experience.

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