Facebook owned Oculus will release a stand-alone VR headset name Oculus Go next year which will retail for $199, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The fully integrated headset will not require a separate computer or cell phone to work and it is part of Facebook’s plan to “put 1 billion people in VR.” Set to release in early 2018, the Oculus Go will have a 2560×1440 resolution on LCD displays with reduced glare. The built in audio driver also means no need for a separate set of headphones.
The accessible price and functionality of the go is aimed to hit a “sweet spot” in between the mobile and PC VR market as Oculus head of VR Hugo Barra said. It’s build and increased resolution is “a leap in both comfort and visual clarity.”
At such an affordable price point, Oculus Go might be the catalyst the VR industry needs to continue delivering out-of-this-world experiences. The adaptability of the Go to be used separate from a computer can make VR even more accessible than the Rift, which received a price drop to $399 in the announcement.
My experience with VR has been a positive one so far, but it is clear that there is still work to be done in ease of use, price point, and developing must-play experiences on the platform. Oculus Go seems to be heading in the right direction with that.