Facebook unveils new virtual reality headset 'Oculus Go'

Facebook unveils new virtual reality headset 'Oculus Go'

That's right, the Oculus Go is the company's first all-in-one VR headset, negating the need to awkwardly slide your smartphone in or out, or avoid tripping on bulky wires when in the virtual world. Here, we present the latest news and everything you need to know about the Oculus Go, including release date rumours, United Kingdom pricing, design and features. Better yet, the Oculus Go comes equipped to deal with the transition, support Gear VR applications out of the box.

Beyond that, there aren't too many details surrounding this headset as Oculus is set to reveal more about it next year.

Spending on augmented reality and virtual reality products and services is expected to grow worldwide from $11.4 billion this year to $215 billion in 2021, the International Data Corporation said in August. It's still got that circular touchpad that's often used to move and select within VR, as well as a trigger for firing weapons and other interactions.

So, what's so special about Oculus Go? "Opening up more of those experiences to more of us - that's not isolating, that's freeing".

How does that compare to the competition? It works with different platforms and is binary compatible with the Gear VR.

Zuckerberg, though, remains convinced that VR will evolve into a technology that reshapes the way people interact and experience life, much like Facebook's social networks and smartphones already have.

Back in July we wrote about the rumour that Oculus VR was planning to announce a fully portable $200 VR headset, and now that rumour is a reality.

Oculus Go: What will it look like?

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The headset, called Oculus Go, won't require plugging in a smartphone or a cord tethering it to a personal computer like Oculus Rift or its competitor HTC's Vive do.

The all-in-one VR headset is created to be accessible and is made up of "super lightweight" materials, including a new "soft and breathable" fabric for the facial interface.

Oculus Go was first announced with an image, price point, and vague release window shown behind Zuckerberg on stage.

Apparently, this is not going to stop Facebook from trying to push for the more widespread adoption of VR and it's starting by addressing the main concern of convenience. The CEO of the company, Mark Zuckerberg held a conference of developers hosted by its division, Oculus VR.

Oculus Go: What will it offer? But how? Let's talk specifics. "You've seen some of the things that we've done on Rift recently to enable users, especially power users - if they want to bring apps from other sources, they can", said Barra, when I asked if Oculus' mobile headsets would be walled gardens. The company launched Oculus Rift, which requires a desktop computer in 2016. Room-scale hand-tracked VR allows a ton of experiences that can't be done on mobile.

Rift's advanced display technology combined with its precise, low-latency constellation tracking system enables the sensation of presence - the feeling as though you're actually there.

There are next-generation lenses for offering a wide field of view with reduced glare.