In case you thought VR headsets had been too dear, suppose once more. Fb will launch the standalone Oculus Go early subsequent yr for simply $199.

The corporate can also be completely slicing the worth of the present Oculus Rift; get it and a Contact controller for $399.

“We wish to get a billion individuals in digital actuality,” Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated on Wednesday in the course of the firm’s Oculus Join four developer occasion in San Jose.

Oculus Go would not require a PC or a smartphone. As an alternative, it “comes with an orientation-tracked controller…helps 3DOF [degrees of freedom] head monitoring, has best-in-class optics, a large area of view, and incredible ergonomics,” according to Oculus, which additionally tipped “a high-resolution fast-switch LCD display [that] has a dramatic impact on visible readability and reduces display door impact.”

That LCD display has a decision of two,560-by-1,440 pixels, which can produce sharper textual content and clearer photos, in line with Hugo Barra, Facebook’s VP of VR.

“We have not seen this type of visible readability in VR earlier than. It is superior,” Barra stated in the course of the occasion. The light-weight Oculus Go additionally has built-in audio system so you do not want headphones, however there is a three.5mm headphone jack for personal listening.

The Go is appropriate with content material obtainable for Samsung’s Gear VR. “Whether or not you construct with Unity or Unreal, or code on to our Oculus Cell SDK, you’ll be able to goal each Oculus Go and Gear VR with a single utility,” Oculus stated.

For now, Oculus is simply accepting sign-ups from builders who “have a undertaking in growth” that may profit from Go; provide is restricted, however they’ll sign up here.

The Oculus Go remains to be not as highly effective an expertise as you may get on a PC-tethered system, however Fb is engaged on it. Final yr, we got a glimpse of the standalone PC VR expertise, dubbed Santa Cruz, and an replace demoed right this moment showed off 6DOF and hand presence with two positionally tracked controllers.

“This is a vital, industry-first milestone that brings the magic and unimaginable design experience of Contact into a very standalone expertise,” in line with Oculus.

Getting the infrared LEDs on our new Santa Cruz controllers to work with the sensors used for inside-out monitoring on the headset was a major laptop imaginative and prescient, design, and engineering downside. This can be a milestone we’re pleased with. By utilizing 4 ultra-wide sensors, we achieved a big controller monitoring quantity, permitting for pure and unrestricted motion.”

Additionally for builders, Oculus announced new, customizable avatars, new security instruments, and multi-view.

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