Facebook announces standalone “Oculus Go” VR headset

At its Oculus Connect developers’ conference, Facebook unveiled its newest Oculus-branded headset – and it could be the next big thing in VR. The standalone device, called Oculus Go, won’t require either a PC or phone to run. It’ll cost only $199 – substantially less expensive than any non-mobile-based headsets currently on the market. (The fact that users won’t have to buy any hardware aside from the headset makes the price stand out even more.) The Oculus Go comes with integrated headphones, an LCD screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, and custom lenses that allow for a wide field of view. The headset will ship to developers next month, before rolling out to consumers in early 2018. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said that Facebook is also working on a higher-end standalone headset; unlike the Oculus Go, it’ll enable positional tracking, and will therefore be able to support many of the same apps as the Oculus Rift. That device won’t ship to developers until next year.

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