Oculus announces $199 ‘Oculus Go’ standalone headset

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday the new headset, called the Oculus Go, during its VR developer conference in San Jose.

The goal, according to Zuckerberg, is to get one billion people to use virtual reality. But to do so, the company has work on affordability and quality.

Oculus Go is Facebook’s effort to get closer to that goal.

It will cost $199 and ship early next year.

There are two types of headsets available on the market: those like Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View, which require a smartphone to operate, or rigs like Oculus Rift that work with expensive PCs. Oculus Go, which doesn’t require you to be tethered to a computer or pop in a smartphone, wants to fit somewhere in between with its all-in-one headset.

Facebook hopes that by eliminating the need for a costly PC, the Go can bring VR to a wider audience. To make headsets more compelling, it’ll have a more breathable mesh fabric, improved lenses and display. It will ship with integrated audio so you don’t have to use headphones with the device.

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