Oculus announces $199 stand-alone VR headset, Oculus Go

Sean Hollister  CNET

The easiest way to experience VR is here with Oculus Go, an all-new standalone headset available early 2018. The Go will offer an experience sitting between mobile VR and the high-end Oculus Rift, with a level of quality that's better than the Samsung Gear VR, while remaining totally wireless.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people to live and play in VR. Oculus Go will need neither. So, it has the same wide field of view as the Rift, but with significantly reduced glare.

The display is described as a "high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen". There's also built-in cameras, which use computer vision tech to determine positional tracking. At its unveiling, the company revealed that the system will work much like the Oculus-built Gear VR, and that existing Gear VR apps will work with the device. The headset's also only $199 and shipping early next year.

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However, the Oculus Go headset seems a little different from that headset. To keep the price down, it will only have a single motion controller. In other words, Santa Cruz is a separate, distinct product from Oculus Go.

At $200, the Oculus Go is the cheapest way to get into VR if you're starting from zero, but for anyone with a remotely modern smartphone, options like Gear VR or Google Daydream will wind up costing less.