Facebook announces launch of VR headset that needs no PC or phone


The announcement followed Zuckerberg's statement that Oculus wants to get one billion people using its virtual reality products. Here, we present the latest news and everything you need to know about the Oculus Go, including release date rumours, United Kingdom pricing, design and features. Meet the Oculus Go.

Oculus Go UK release date: When's it coming out?

The stand-alone headset doesn't require plugging in a smartphone or a cord tethering it to a personal computer like other VR, or virtual reality, headsets.

At the time of writing, Oculus hasn't announced when the Oculus Go will hit United Kingdom shores. "Opening up more of those experiences to more of us - that's not isolating, that's freeing".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: His company's Oculus headsets that send people into artificial worlds are too expensive and confining to appeal to the masses.

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How does that compare to the competition?

This acquisition set off a wave of investment in VR that saw numerous startups funded alongside giants like Google and Microsoft dramatically stepping up efforts to build out VR headset strategies. It features a higher resolution than the Oculus Rift VR headset, at 2560x1200 pixels. Pre-orders are yet to open but we'll be sure to update this section with retailers as soon as it becomes available.

Oculus Go design: What does it look like? Developers will have the new Oculus Go in their hands in November for making the most specialized programs.

That's because the low end of the market is already being served by hardware makers like HTC and Samsung, who've sold far more units than Facebook has of the Oculus Rift. However, he expects that his company will, one day, be the one gets billions of people into VR. But how? Let's talk specifics. Zuckerberg also said that this new device would come with other apps that the Gear VR had integrated. It is basically the Gear VR with the same 3 degrees of freedom on the controller and headset.

"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and cheap as possible", said Gartner Inc. analyst Brian Blau. The Oculus Go also comes with lenses that offer a wide field of view but with a significant reduction in glare. Audio doesn't sound great and sliding your own headphones on top of the headset adds to the wires and discomfort.