Facebook's Project Santa Cruz headset ships to developers early next year

Oculus Rift just gave a huge gift to the open-source VR world

Oculus Rift just gave a huge gift to the open-source VR world

At its Oculus Connect 4 conference today, the virtual-reality firm debuted the standalone headset it intends to bridge mobile VR and PC-powered VR headsets.

More specifically, Oculus announced a standalone VR headset. The Oculus Go will be available for developers to use from November 2017, while the rest of us will have to wait until next year to get our hands on it. The Go will offer an experience sitting between mobile VR and the high-end Oculus Rift, with a level of quality that's better than the Samsung Gear VR, while remaining totally wireless. It will reduce the screen door effect "We haven't seen this kind of visual clarity in VR before", said Oculus head Hugo Barra. He even followed it with a bold goal proclamation of getting one billion people in VR. 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. Additionally, the headset comes with built-in spatial audio and a good ol' fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack as well. At its unveiling, the company revealed that the system will work much like the Oculus-built Gear VR, and that existing Gear VR apps will work with the device.

However, the Oculus Go headset seems a little different from that headset.

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