So far, the price has been a huge hurdle when it comes to jumping aboard the VR hype train but it seems like Oculus may have found a fix for that as the company recently announced a new VR headset, the Oculus Go, releasing early next year.
Oculus Go is the first standalone headset from makers of the Rift VR headset and as the name suggests, it focuses on portability and VR on the go. The new Oculus GO VR headset won’t require a smartphone connection like the Samsung Gear VR or even cables like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
During the announcement, Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook, which happens to own Oculus, announced Oculus Go as the sweet spot between Gear VR and Rift, in terms of technology and price. The VR computer is built-in the headset so you won’t need to connect your smartphone or your PC with long wires to be able to experience VR content.
However, with the reduced price tag of $200 and portability, there are also some sacrifices that have been made. Unlike Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Oculus Go will not support positional tracking. Although that might not be much of an issue as the headset is mainly designed to bring VR to the masses by reducing price and basically entice them to consider the full VR experience.
According to Nate Mitchell, Oculus co-founder
The cheaper we make these devices, the more folks are going to jump in, if we could offer a device at $99, or exaggerate it all the way down to free, we think people would be jumping into VR in a heartbeat.
Oculus also confirmed that they are working on a 2nd generation full-fledged VR experience similar to Rift VR headset. This new product is currently codenamed Santa Cruz, will have positional tracking as well as standalone headset portability. There are currently no more details on the specifications, price or launch date of the Santa Cruz VR headset.