Facebook Pushes Deeper Into VR With Oculus Go Wireless Headset

Pat Wise
October 12, 2017

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The company also announced that it will soon allow users to take VR objects to the Oculus Medium app and to Facebook Spaces, and also let them share their to the News Feed. Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra in his own words, describes it as "hands-down the easiest way to get people into VR", per Variety.

"This new permanent price opens up PC VR to the widest audience yet".

The Oculus Go will straddle the market between the Rift and the Samsung Gear, a $129 headset that runs on some of Samsung's higher-priced phones. So, have you been using the Oculus or any other VR headset? or you are waiting for the price cut, which makes it more affordable? probably, this will be the lowest price tag that the Oculus is being offered. This means it should be able to run all existing Gear VR apps and games without modification, and since those are all created to run on an Android-powered Galaxy phone, it seems very likely that the Go runs some form of Android. It also includes built-in speakers that provide spatial audio, along with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Alphabet Inc offers a rival headset, Google Daydream, that works with yet more smartphones. Google is also working on a stand-alone headset that won't require a phone, but hasn't specified when that device will be released or how much it will cost.

The headset has all the components it needs to power VR experiences on the wearable device itself, so there is no need to plug it into a PC or external console, or use a smartphone to power it.

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Yesterday's Oculus Connect 4 delivered a plethora of announcements from Facebook's VR division, though several of them were anticipated a couple months ago thanks to a rumor spread by Bloomberg.

In a blog post, the company said the new price for its immersive headset will be available for a "limited time" as part of a summer sale. Indeed, the social network giant is impressing the design and comfort of the device with its soft leather and fabric features. In the meantime, we've gathered up the best VR deals that are live right now, including both games and hardware bundles - and you can head to our deals site to find more of our curated picks.

Oculus also shared the recent updates to Project Santa Cruz, which is a standalone VR headset the company showed off a year ago. In the future, we'll open up new possibilities for community and co-presence, letting you hang out, play, and explore with others.

The Oculus Go is very portable, especially compared to the Rift.

The company is also promising to make improvements to avatars themselves.

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