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Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

Oculus Go Set To Launch In Early 2018 For $199

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.

During Oculus Connect 4, a new price drop was announced putting the Oculus Rift headset bundle at $399 and cutting the price down by $100, as the second price cut for the headset since earlier this year. The announcement was quite special for numerous reasons, the first one being that a new VR headset adds to the very short list of physical products that Facebook makes.

The Oculus Go will be priced at US$199 and is due to go on sale early next year, allowing users to watch movies or concerts, play games, or hang out with your friends in VR. The last VR system wasn't a hit, and its sales reflected it. Analysts say that this might be the Facebook's last chance to launch a VR if the public doesn't appreciate it.

The Oculus Go also boasts of new lenses and a 2560 x 1440 resolution LCD screen that ensures a more immersive experience.

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"The Oculus Go untethered headset price is on-point - given the right content and quality, this could be a key driver for VR to reach the mainstream", she told MCV.

Facebook has financed heavily in virtual reality hardware products to include a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, and Facebook hopes a niche concern to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications. It is an annual conference organized for virtual reality developers. However, Oculus Go eliminates the need of separate computer for its operation.

It's also a worthy competitor to those cheap VR headsets under Microsoft's new "Mixed Reality" umbrella.

Unlike its predecessor "Oculus Rift", this VR headset will not require plugging into a smartphone or a personal computer to function.

It uses a controller that's similar to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) Gear VR to make it easy for developers to release apps for both devices -although the Gear VR requires a smartphone... However, there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening, or for when you're getting on your housemates' nerves.