Coolest Things Facebook Announced At Oculus Go Launch Event
12 October 2017, 01:20 | Justin Tyler
Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset coming in early 2018 for just $199
In the United Kingdom, some hospices caring for end-of-life patients with terminal illnesses are experimenting with VR headsets to transport their patients back to familiar areas and give them relief from the walls of healthcare units, and in a recent interview, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said the technology may also one day be applied to air travel, "because it's way better than the back-of-the-seat monitor or my phone". And it has a higher resolution screen than the rift 2,560 x 1,440px (single panel) vs. 2,160 x 1,200px (split between two panels). The main advantage with a standalone VR headset is its cost. This price cut will put Rift in a better position while competing with competitors like HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
"The Oculus Go has potential to be a huge driver of growth", if people like the titles and apps on it, Stephanie Llamas, vice president of research at Super Data, said in an email.
But with characteristic aplomb Zuckerberg revealed a new paradigm for VR in the form of the $199 Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset. Let's see what the Oculus Go offers in detail.
The company is developing software known as Facebook Spaces that allows friends to meet in virtual rooms, and it said it will soon integrate live video.
The resolution of 2560×1440 is actually slightly more than the Oculus Rift, plus it has integrated audio and new "next gen" lens that are created to offer a wider field of view with reduced glare. However, there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening, or for when you're getting on your housemates' nerves.
The new Oculus Go device will start shipping to developers in November to enable them to start building apps.
Oculus also showcased updates to its Santa Cruz prototype, including new positionally tracked controllers with six degrees of freedom that bring the power of Rift and Touch to the standalone category. Both of which are very important in the virtual reality experience.
Recent discounts lowered the Rift's price to $399 at various times during the summer, a markdown Oculus now says will be permanent. The company also showcased wireless controllers, which are simply named Project Santa Cruz Controllers as of now.
Oculus has revamped the interface for Rift.
The new VR device is developed to be more compact, more powerful graphics, along with cameras that will use inside-out tracking. Developers can even debug their VR apps while inside them, using Visual Studio, Unity, and Unreal. So, what do you think about the VR future and its overall development?
The company is also promising to make improvements to avatars themselves.