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Oculus announces the Go VR headset for $199

Oculus announces the Go VR headset for $199

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced the launch of virtual reality headset Oculus Go on October 11, 2017.

"Facebook has created an exceptional, social VR experience with Spaces - working towards overcoming a huge hurdle in VR by making it more interactive". The 2016 Oculus Rift sold for $599 and required a computer costing at least $500 for the full VR experience.

Like other VR headsets available in the market, the Oculus Go can be used to play games and watch movies in VR.

He expects the Go's $199 price-and the fact that it's compatible with content that already exists for the Samsung Gear VR-will make the Go "giftable" this holiday season. Being a developers' conference, Zuckerberg and his executives spent time on explaining how this opens up opportunities for the developers to work on the VR platform.

Compared to the original Rift headset, the Go headset will provide a more lightweight design with integrated spatial audio built right into the headset, while a headphone jack to share audio with others or for private listening is also built into the headset.

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Facebook's VR headset uses an LCD panel instead of the OLED displays, which helps in lowering the motion blur. It is enabled of using all the applications that are available now for the Samsung, Oculus and Gear VR headset, which need a smartphone to work.

"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", Zuckerberg told a crowd of computer programmers in San Jose, California, at Oculus' annual conference.

Oculus on Wednesday lopped $100 off the price of a package bundling Rift headset with touch controllers, citing successful discounts during a summer-long promotion.

"We want to get a billion people in virtual reality", Zuckerberg said.

Oculus has been trying to find a "sweet spot" when it comes to the price and quality of a virtual reality headset. It will be able to run the same VR as the Samsung Gear, leading Blau to conclude the Go will rely on the same Android operating system as the Gear and likely include similar processors as Samsung phones. Then again, we'll have to wait to see what Facebook and Oculus come up with leading up to the Oculus Go's release in early 2018.


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