Facebook announces Oculus Go, a new standalone Virtual Reality headset

Matt Sayer 12 October 2017 NEWS


The new headset sits between the mobile-focused Gear VR and the full-blown Oculus Rift.

Oculus, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook back in 2014, has announced a new VR headset at its Oculus Connect event today.

Dubbed Oculus Go, this new headset is a standalone device that won't require slotting in your phone like Samsung's Gear VR or connecting to a high-end PC like the Oculus Rift. When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the device, he pitched it as an affordable means of getting more people into VR, with his lofty goal for Oculus reaching a total of one billion VR users.

Oculus Go is set to release early 2018 for US$199, which should translate to a price between AU$260 and AU$300. The Go will sport a 2560x1440 screen resolution and built-in audio playback for use without headphones. Like the Gear VR, it'll use a custom-designed controller that functions like a cross between a TV remote and a full gamepad. The similarity with the Gear VR's controller will reportedly make it easier for developers to build games and experiences compatible with both Gear VR and Oculus Go.

We recently spoke to Aussie VR company chairman Richard Li about the future of VR in Australia, and it's looking promising considering that one in five Aussies has already used VR to pick out their holiday destinations.

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