FACEBOOK-OWNED Oculus has unveiled a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset in a bid to get one billion people using the technology. The standalone headset utilizes a fast switch WQHD LCD screen for delivering an impeccable viewing experience.
Yesterday's Oculus Connect 4 delivered a plethora of announcements from Facebook's VR division, though several of them were anticipated a couple months ago thanks to a rumor spread by Bloomberg. There's not much anyone can do about the first problem, but the second has just been addressed by Oculus VR. Sitting between the Gear VR and Oculus Rift, the Go is the company's first standalone headset that does not need a smartphone to function.
Facebook has shaken up Oculus management team since then in a series of moves that included the departure of founder Palmer Luckey earlier this year. Oculus, the pioneers in the field of VR, is now owned by Facebook; with its VR team headed by former Google and Xiaomi executive, Hugo Barra.
Oculus Rift now being offered at $399 with a pair of touch controllers in the United States of America and United Kingdom. Users will hear the benefits of integrated spatial audio through the in-built speakers. Oculus and Samsung Electronics Co already sell a device, named Gear VR, that when paired with certain Samsung phones is similar to Oculus Go. The new prototype-stage VR headset is relatively sleeker, and offers six-degrees-of-freedom for motion control.
"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", Mr. Zuckerberg reassured a crowd of computer programmers gathered in San Jose, California, for Oculus' annual conference.
Oculus also announced an Oculus for Business bundle yesterday, which will include a Rift headset, Touch controllers, three sensors and three face sponges, as well as dedicated customer support and special extended licenses and warranties to set up the headset.
VR arguably remains a niche area of the technology world, despite the growing number of VR headsets available and the likes of Google's Cardboard goggles offering a very affordable if basic gateway into VR.
Thor will be the latest in the cast of playable characters for Marvel Powers United VR, launching for Rift in 2018. It lets you use desktop apps into the VR environment too, which will definitely increase the time people spend inside VR headsets. Games themselves are also likely to enjoy discounts, so check out Steam and Green Man Gaming.