Facebook Reveals its VR Headset Oculus at $199

Mark Zuckerberg introduced his virtual reality helmet. Oculus and Samsung Electronics Co already sell a device, named Gear VR, that when paired with certain Samsung phones is similar to Oculus Go.

At the Oculus connecting event, the first fully-fledged VR headset gets a permanent price cut of $100, over the original $499 price tag. From what we have been hearing the chipset that will be powering this setup is Qualcomm's 821 chipset.

It comes with a high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen and next-generation lens technology that could have input from Cork's own InfiniLED which was acquired by Oculus past year to boost VR screen technology.

At its fourth annual Oculus Connect conference, the Facebook-owned Oculus announced a series of products to push Facebook's VR-focused strategy.

The overall experience is supposed to be familiar to the Gear VR too, allowing users to spin around but not move freely. The bundle comes with a Rift VR headset, a pair of Oculus Touch controllers, three facial interfaces, dedicated customer support, and warranties.

The new headset will ship with integrated spatial audio and speakers are built right into the headset.

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"Oculus Go" has cameras on the headset and uses computer vision tech to figure out orientational tracking.

Just like the Samsung Gear VR, the Oculus Go will allow users to spin around in the VR world.

According to Hugo Barra, Facebook Vice President on VR, he said that Facebook is working on custom lenses to be used on the standalone VR.

Facebook, The online social media, and social networking service unveil Oculus Go Portable VR Headset. Naturally, the price would play a deciding factor.

While Sony's VR headsets work with PS 4 consoles, competing gear requires computers that can handle the demand of processing rich, immersive graphics in real time. "And $199 is an low-cost entry for a lot of people who are just starting out in VR".

Even for the corporate edition, the Oculus is being offered for $999 with full-sized VR headphones, motion touch controller with 3 hall sensor for the business conferences. Facebook has however revealed that the developer kit for Oculus Go will be sent across to developers in November. It would be interesting to see how the market shapes up once both these headsets are available to the public.


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