Facebook has revealed the new Oculus Go virtual reality headset during its Oculus Connect 4 conference. The new standalone device has a self-contained PC so it won’t require a beefy desktop or expensive smartphone to tether. According to Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, ‘it’s the most accessible VR headset yet’. The best bit: it’s only $199 (or £199, we’re guessing).
The Oculus Go aims to provide a mobile experience similar to that of the Gear VR, which will allow users to gaze around without moving all over the place. The Facebook VP of VR, Hugo Barra, spoke about the device, saying that it’s ‘hands-down the easiest way for developers to get involved with VR,’ mentioning the light weight of the device as well as its comfort which ‘feels incredibly soft to wear’.
The Go will come with ‘next generation’ lenses, a WQHD 2560X1440 LCD display, and spatial audio. According to the Oculus website, ‘the speakers are built right into the headset, transporting you straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else’. Thankfully there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack to privatise your VR experience, and avoid annoying the person next to you.
Facebook hasn’t revealed much in the way of specs or battery life yet, but it did say that development kits would start shipping out in November. So, perhaps we’ll know more around then.