Despite the fact that the company Facebook in the recent past has faced serious legal problems due to the acquisition of Oculus VR, Mark Zuckerberg does not intend to give up and is still planning to make the virtual reality incredibly popular. Over time, the head of Facebook plans to expand the audience of fans of this technology to (!!!) one billion users. And it will be the easiest way to do this, releasing a quality, but at the same time inexpensive VR-helmet, which will become the Oculus Go.
Oculus Go is a completely stand-alone device that does not require a connection to a computer, a game console or a powerful smartphone with a large screen. It is able to work by itself, without unnecessary wires and external sensors tracking movements. The headset is incredibly lightweight, equipped with elastic straps for attachment to the head, and outside is covered with a breathable cloth. It uses special new generation Fresnel lenses that can save users from the door effect, because of which dark spaces between pixels are visible.
The resolution of the built-in headset LCD-display is 2560 by 1440 pixels. For comparison: with the Oculus Rift, this resolution is 2160 by 1200 pixels. The headset has a built-in 3.5mm jack, where you can plug in headphones. The device is also equipped with built-in loudspeakers in case you do not have your own headphones. The sound is voluminous, so you can understand which side of you is its source in the virtual space.
In conjunction with Oculus Go comes one motion controller, codenamed Santa Cruz. His movements are tracked without any external cameras, and, judging by the first demonstrations, the accuracy of his positioning is at an altitude. The headset will be compatible with the games library for Samsung Gear VR, as well as with the software produced by Oculus and Facebook . As for the library of games for Oculus Rift – here you already need a more expensive model of the headset and a powerful PC. With the help of Oculus Go you can play exclusively in unpretentious mobile VR-games, watch VR-video and communicate with friends in virtual space.
Without a doubt, this will be the most affordable device for acquaintance with virtual reality. Judge for yourself: for the Oculus Go ask only 199 dollars! Yes, for the headset Gear VR ask only 99, but do not forget that you will need to purchase a powerful smartphone and dollars for 500. And then paid two hundred and enjoy life. While Facebook does not say anything about the iron stuffing device and the duration of its battery life. But the sale of Oculus Go should come in early 2018.
The premium Oculus Rift headset, complete with motion tracking camera and two Touchpads, will cost 399 dollars starting from this day. Below you can also see the video from the Facebook presentation announcing the new Oculus Dash application, with which users can interact with their computer, as well as the trailer of the new video game Echo Combat.