Oculus announces new standalone headset, 'venues' at Oculus Connect

Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset coming in early 2018 for just $199

Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset coming in early 2018 for just $199

So, perhaps we'll know more around then.

The company announced a permanent price cut on Rift and Touch combo, dropping the same to $399 in the US.

The VR headset also comes with built-in speakers to provide users with integrated audio. Oculus did switch from OLED to LCD, however, and the frame rate is still unknown. The company says it will also be throwing in full VR commercial license and access to customer support.

Meant to appeal to the likes of Walmart and Deloitte, Oculus For Business is a bundle not too dissimilar from the Business Edition of the HTC Vive.

Oculus advertises the Go's "breathable" fit.

The Oculus Go is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processing chipset (as per Tom's Hardware), so it won't run PC games. Gear VR apps will be compatible with Oculus Go from day one and uses the same controller. This price cut will put Rift in a better position while competing with competitors like HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Oculus Go will launch in early 2018.

Oculus Connect 4 also offered another peek at Project Santa Cruz, the ambitious next step of PC VR sporting an untethered headset. The new prototype-stage VR headset is relatively sleeker, and offers six-degrees-of-freedom for motion control. Facebook has however revealed that the developer kit for Oculus Go will be sent across to developers in November. These controllers are being tracked by sensors on the Santa Cruz VR headset and allows "inside-out tracking". They look more streamlined and compact in comparison to the Touch controllers. At its annual developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg hit the stage to unveil the Oculus Go.

Oculus has revamped the interface for Rift. A big part of the improvement comes from Dash, a dashboard that's accessible from everywhere.

Well, it doesn't. Collaboration tools are most often found online or on business networks, there are few examples - if any - of VR being used on mass scales for learning, and the only real "discovery" in play is discovering how cool some VR apps are. "It's a total game changer".

"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and low-cost as possible", said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. It sure seems created to replace GearVR. You can also decorate your virtual home with your achievements and trophies.

Last July, Bloomberg had reported that Facebook was working on an affordable wireless VR headset that "everyone" can afford.

Facebook (FB) dropped $2 billion to acquire virtual reality platform Oculus in 2014.

"Though some believe Sony has de-prioritized promoting VR in favor of the standard or Pro PlayStation 4s, it is not worth investing in major marketing campaigns while current supply remains sold out, ' said Canalys Analyst Daniel Matte". Now, Oculus has chose to set them free.

The exterior appearance of the Oculus Go is a bit reminiscent of the Google Daydream View.

Upgrades for Oculus Avatars was also introduced in the conference. By leveraging its parent company's business contacts, Oculus Rift could slip into many more office environments easily. So, what do you think about the VR future and its overall development? However, it may be a while before we see an actual consumer product with this technology go on sale.

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