Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

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With this discount, the Rift is around half the price it launched at past year, when the headset cost $599 and the Touch controllers were $199. Now, Oculus, the once household name that has since given up its massive lead to the likes of the HTC Vive and PSVR, thinks it can finally change things with a standalone headset called Oculus Go, and it looks extremely interesting.

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new virtual reality headset: Oculus Go, a cord-free device created to "bridge the gap" between powerful PC-connected headsets and portable mobile-powered ones. "Oculus Go is the most accessible VR experience ever".

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But the company won't get there with premium VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, which require expensive gaming PCs. There's no phone or PC required, and it's much more affordable when compared to existing VR headsets on the market. Oculus Go will need neither. Keep in mind that moments earlier, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg said that he has a goal to get one billion people using VR, as he and the team at Oculus believe it's the future. It will reduce the screen door effect "We haven't seen this kind of visual clarity in VR before", said Oculus head Hugo Barra.

Facebook's dedicated, wire-free headset codenamed Project Santa Cruz will be in the hands of developers starting early next year. Given that this headset boasts a WQHD display capable of 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, we wonder how high Oculus can raise its own bar until Project Santa Cruz releases.

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