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Facebook launches virtual-reality headset that can be used without other devices

Facebook launches virtual-reality headset that can be used without other devices

Facebook's Oculus wants to get 1 billion people into virtual reality, but the price of a high-quality headset might turn consumers away from trying out the technology.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled "Oculus Go"- a new virtual reality (VR) headset. The new optics offer a wide field of view with reduced glare.

The standalone VR headset also ships with integrated spatial audio, Oculus VR added in the blog post. There's no word yet on an official United Kingdom launch price, but a direct pound to dollar conversion leaves us with a rough £150 asking price. Though Oculus hasn't revealed how much Santa Cruz could cost, Barra still refers to the Rift as Oculus' flagship product. The cheapest headset that the company so far had on offer is the Gear VR. Although, of course, you'll need a smartphone to use that. But whatever Oculus releases will play a crucial role in shaping that world - and its plans have just gotten a lot more complicated.

At the time of writing, Oculus hasn't announced when the Oculus Go will hit United Kingdom shores. But, even more important, it is the first headset Oculus-powered without wires.

But when will the Oculus Go become available to the masses?

So, what's so special about Oculus Go? That naturally leads to more mobility and freedom while allowing users to soak into the content with all the liberty that they can dream of. The headset will be higher quality than the cheaper Samsung Gear VR, which is created to work with a smartphone. It categorically feels like an Oculus Rift, because it's got positional tracking and motion controllers.

Oculus Go design: What does it look like?

"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and affordable as possible", said Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

Before we close, it's worth mentioning that this isn't the wireless Oculus rift "Santa Cruz" prototype announced at last year's conference, that particular unit is still in development and is now slated for a 2019 release. It features a higher resolution than the Oculus Rift VR headset, at 2560x1200 pixels.

They do mention that the Oculus Go will come with built-in speakers, and that you won't need a separate pair of headphones in order to indulge in the audiophile aspects of VR.

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