Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the company's second virtual reality headset on Wednesday: A wireless, standalone headset called Oculus Go.

The Oculus Go has a mesh fabric, as well as a soft elastic strap, and all-new optical design, with lenses that are the same next generation ones found on Oculus Rift.

In an official announcement, Oculus called its Oculus Go headset the "easiest way to experience VR".

With Oculus Go, there is no external device required.

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

In true Facebook fashion, Zuckerberg said that he wants to get "1 billion people in virtual reality".

The display is described as a "high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen". Today, we're learned the headsets are going to be in the developers' hands "next year", and will work with some new motion-tracked controllers. Additionally, the headset comes with built-in spatial audio and a good ol' fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack as well.

The new controllers look a lot like the Oculus Touch controllers that work with Rift. In other words, Santa Cruz is a separate, distinct product from Oculus Go. Oculus Go aims to cover the neglected middle-ground by offering up a $199 VR headset that runs completely on its own, without needing a PC or smartphone to provide images or power.

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