Oculus Go is Oculus' standalone, $199 VR headset

Oculus Rift just gave a huge gift to the open-source VR world

Zuckerberg described Oculus Go as a headset meant to fit into the "sweet spot" between mobile VR headsets - like Google Daydream, and Samsung's Gear VR - and high-end VR headsets like Facebook's own Oculus Rift, and HTC's Vive.

Oculus Go will cost $199, which is cheaper than both the $199 Samsung Gear VR and $399 Oculus Rift.

SAN JOSE, Calif-On stage at the Oculus Connect 4 conference, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the wraps off of Oculus Go, the company's first "sweet spot" standalone headset.

Zuckerberg notes that VR has typically fallen into two spaces: either PC or mobile powered. There are expensive, best-in-class, desktop-based solutions like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that are stunning, but require lots of wires and an expensive computer.

Oculus executive Hugo Barra described the headset as way to enable VR for everyday use.

One thing that might help solve that last bit is the Oculus Go's price.

In true Facebook fashion, Zuckerberg said that he wants to get "1 billion people in virtual reality". Audio drivers will also be built right into the headset. That'll apply to Oculus' next-generation controllers, too.

The display is described as a "high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen". That sounds like it's changing next year with a "Santa Cruz" model of Rift that will leave those sensors behind. To keep the price down, it will only have a single motion controller.



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