Facebook unveils new standalone virtual reality headset Oculus Go

Facebook unveils new standalone virtual reality headset Oculus Go

A new standalone Oculus VR headset has been revealed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his keynote address at yesterday’s Oculus Connect 4 event from The San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Zuckerberg introduced the standalone hardware, called Oculus Go, by saying: "Mobile is affordable, but less powerful than PC VR. We have to find the sweet spot in the middle of affordability and quality".

The Oculus Go will be aimed exactly at that sweet-spot between mobile and tethered VR when it launches at $199 early next year.

VP VR, Hugo Barra, explains the standalone sweet spot at Oculus Connects 4

Full mobile computer

In his presentation later that same event, Hugo Barra, VP for VR, explained that the company’s expansion into standalone VR is intended to bring more people on board with the technology.

He shared some information on the Go’s specs, referring to it as a ‘Full mobile computer’ that’s ‘super’ lightweight, with soft straps and new breathable mesh fabrics and foam.

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Steve has been a games journalist on and off since the first PlayStation made games ‘cool’, but he’s never forgotten the thrill of finding a Space Invaders machine in the wild. Neuromancer is one of his favourite books and The Matrix is one of his favourite movies, so he’s been ready for VR all his life.


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