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Facebook Announces $199 Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset

Facebook Announces $199 Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset

Oculus Go was announced with simply an image, price point, and vague release window shown behind Zuckerberg's head on the stage.

We didn't get any of the technical specs, so we don't know exactly how the Oculus Go will work.

The Oculus Go doesn't require cables, and is meant to be a higher quality version of the cheaper VR headsets that are powered by users' smartphones, like the Samsung Gear headset. You don't need to plug the headset into a computer like the Rift, nor do you have to dock a phone like the Gear VR.

Mr Zuckerberg called it "the most accessible VR experience ever". It is lightweight and "feels incredibly soft to wear", Barra said.

This headset includes some impressive specs for $200 including new wide-field lenses and integrated spatial audio speakers that can be used in place of headphones.

Facebook hasn't disclosed full specifications, including battery life, of the Oculus Go yet.

The newly-announced $199 Oculus Go headset and upcoming high-end "Santa Cruz" standalone will come with something past headsets haven't: power buttons. The device will ship to consumers in 2018 while the developer kit will be available starting next month.

By the end of 2017, Oculus Rift will have a brand new dashboard to help you navigate and customise your VR experience.

The Rift went on sale a year ago, but sales of the device, now marked down to $499, were sluggish compared to Samsung's sub-$100 Gear VR, which also uses Oculus technology. But sales of its Oculus headsets have been slower than many expected.

Businesses can order the bundle individually or in bulk via oculus.com/business. Oculus' avatars are getting redesigned in the future, too - they'll be a bit more realistic looking, and closer to Facebook's VR cartoon avatars. The upcoming update brings loads of new features including the ability to customise Oculus Homewith environments, decor and interactive gadgets. It's betting that businesses will also use the emerging technology in the workplace.

"Because Home is persistent, you can share yours with friends and visit theirs to see what they've created", Oculus details in a blog post.

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