Facebook Announces New Virtual Reality Headset, the Oculus Go

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced the launch of virtual reality headset Oculus Go on October 11, 2017.

Oculus just had its "Oculus Connect" event, and there were a few rather big announcements out of it that people who are on the fence about VR will dig. It is enabled of using all the applications that are available now for the Samsung, Oculus and Gear VR headset, which need a smartphone to work. The other reason is that the new VR headset will work independently without requiring external connections.

"I can see what Oculus is trying to achieve with the Oculus Go headset but for standalone headsets to prosper I think they need to deliver on a number of fronts", Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, told MCV. While on the subject of comfort, the Oculus Go features a breathable mesh fabric for the facial padding that should help negate some of the sweatiness found after long stints in VR. The new virtual reality headset is wireless, standalone, priced at $199 and aimed at taking VR mainstream.

Accessibility to the masses is - according to the company - also addressed in the price of the headset, which will be $199 (approximately £149) when it launches in November.

The same set also runs at £399 for the United Kingdom and European Union markets, as well as making it a whole lot more affordable than competing offers like the HTC Vive, which still retails for about $600 as of this time. "We're going to double-down on that potential".

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The $900 package contains an Oculus Rift headset, Touch controllers, remote, three sensors and three Rift Fits headset foam pads.

There's even a controller, which again looks much the same as the Gear VR's.

Oculus has partnered with Cisco for trials of a VR version of Spark, its collaboration platform that supports messaging, voice calls and video conversations.

In fact, the lenses used in the Oculus Go are better than those bundled with the Oculus Rift and are said to provide "significantly reduced glare". Zuckerberg also said that this new device would come with other apps that the Gear VR had integrated.

The Oculus Go also comes with a 3.5mm jack, allowing owners to utilize their own headphones.