Facebook hopes to get 1bn people into VR

Facebook hopes to get 1bn people into VR

Standalone VR headsets are free of PC rigs and phones, allowing users to explore their environment free of tethers. The displays are WQHD (2560×1440) fast-switch LCD, with a higher pixel fill factor than OLED, providing users with extra clarity and reducing the notorious screen-door effect you sometimes encounter while engaging in virtual reality. The main advantage with a standalone VR headset is its cost. It's also £200 cheaper than the HTC Vive.

Zuckerberg said that the accessibility of the Oculus Go will help to realise his new goal of having 1bn people using VR in the next few years. Before you needed a computer that had at least $1,000 in parts to run virtual reality software, but now you can buy pre-built systems for less than $600. At its annual developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg hit the stage to unveil the Oculus Go.

The resolution of 2560×1440 is actually slightly more than the Oculus Rift, plus it has integrated audio and new "next gen" lens that are created to offer a wider field of view with reduced glare. Oculus Go will launch in early 2018.

After its successful Summer of Rift program, where it dropped the price temporarily to £399 for six weeks, the Rift will now stay at that price permanently. However, if you want, to listen to the audio privately, you can do that by connecting your earphones or headphones using the 3.5mm audio port on the Oculus Go.


Oculus Connect 4 also offered another peek at Project Santa Cruz, the ambitious next step of PC VR sporting an untethered headset. Both of which are very important in the virtual reality experience. It's a standalone mobile headset, which will work with all existing Gear VR titles, that will allow the company to move away from its reliance on smartphone makers like Samsung.

However, by offering an all-in-one wireless package at a seemingly reasonable price, the Oculus Go could be a device that gets more people on board with VR that offers a better experience than devices powered by smartphones but is not as costly or demands a high-end PC like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The company was calling the prototype of this product "Santa Cruz" headset.

Oculus also showcased its new Rift 2.0 interface that's designed around touch and motion control. There's no must-have app There's no must-have app that's pulling people into the Rift or VR. The Oculus Rift, on the other hand, would cost you almost $500 and needs a powerful PC. Games themselves are also likely to enjoy discounts, so check out Steam and Green Man Gaming.

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