Oculus Go standalone VR headset could finally debut in May

By : |March 19, 2018 0

Facebook is planning to launch its long-awaited standalone Oculus Go virtual reality headset at the company’s F8 developer conference on May 1, 2018, according to a report from Variety. The standalone VR headset was unveiled last October and will cost $199 when it ships.

Unlike the Gear VR, this headset integrates a display and all of its computing power directly into the headset, doing away with the need to use a phone or PC for VR.

The Oculus Go is being built by Xiaomi and has a Snapdragon 821 processor inside. Recent leaks suggest the base $199 model will include 32GB of storage, while a 64GB model will also be available at a higher price and it will run on the same OS as Samsung’s Gear VR headset.

Though the product was supposed to launch earlier, looks like Facebook decided to wait until May to align it more closely with its overall product launch strategy, which has been increasingly focused on f8. In fact, Facebook’s VP of AR  and VR Andrew Bosworth tweeted last month that the conference would feature “the biggest AR/VR news from Facebook to date.”

Additionally, Oculus is also working on a headset codenamed Santa Cruz, which is a standalone prototype with tracking.

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