Oculus has launched a standalone virtual reality headset without a hefty price tag.
(CCM) — On Thursday, Oculus announced that a new VR headset, the Oculus Go, would be joining its product lineup. The Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset, and it, therefore, does not need to be paired to a phone to work. The device comes already outfitted with many of the same games that can be found pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear VR device. For seamless gaming, the Oculus Go comes with a single motion controller that has no touch or trigger controls.
The device has been priced at $200 and will go on sale in early 2018. It features a higher resolution than the Oculus Rift VR headset, at 2560x1200 pixels. However, because the Oculus Go only supports smartphone games, user should not expect to get the top-end graphics seen in PC games. Unlike many other VR headsets, the Oculus Go is portable, as it is equipped with built-in speakers.
This new device will be a rival for Samsung’s Gear and Google's Daydream devices; how strong of a rival is unclear, as both competing products are priced lower than the Oculus Go, at $100. In the same announcement, the company also revealed that its classic Oculus VR headset had received a permanent price cut to $400.
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