Published On: Thu, Jul 13th, 2017

Oculus reportedly formulation $200 standalone wireless VR headset for 2018


Facebook is set to exhibit a standalone Oculus practical existence headset someday after this year, Bloomberg reports, with a boat date of someday in 2018. The headset will work though requiring a tethered PC or smartphone, according to a report, and will be branded with a Oculus name around a world, solely in China, where it’ll lift Xiaomi trade dress and run some Xiaomi program as partial of a partnership that extends to production skeleton for a device.

Wireless VR, and VR that doesn’t need any additional inclination over a headset is a famous idea for Facebook and Oculus, as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has formerly discussed a mid-point difficulty between entry-level smartphone-based VR as demonstrated by a Samsung Gear VR, and PC-based high-end VR like that found in a Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. HTC announced a intentions to build a standalone VR device formed on Google’s Daydream height progressing this year.

Samsung is also operative on standalone VR, with reported “Odyssey” branding. Facebook has also pronounced it’s operative on wireless chronicle of a Rift, with homogeneous energy to that device when tethered to a PC currently, as Bloomberg notes. This supposed “Santa Cruz” antecedent is still in development, and Facebook is still operative on a standalone inside/out environmental tracking efforts.

This new reported device, that bears a code-name “Pacific,” according to a report, will demeanour like a Rift in terms of pattern though be lighter than a stream Samsung Gear VR headset, and will be powered by a Snapdragon mobile processor with improved graphics capabilities than a Gear VR, though though positional tracking like that done probable on a Rift around Oculus sensors.

The pivotal part here will be a change of cost and performance: Facebook will reportedly sell a headset for around $200, that could assistance it attract a most broader assembly vs. a some-more costly Rift (which is on sale for a lowest cost ever during $399 currently, bundled with Touch controllers). Still, Oculus seems vigilant on stability to support Rift and a PC, as good as a Gear VR partnership with Samsung, with a aim of reaching as many business as probable with mixed approaches to VR.

The VR attention during vast is still perplexing to find a right change to make a record some-more broadly appealing to consumers – a subsequent aim appears to be affordable, standalone units, and it’ll be engaging to see how a Oculus proceed compares to Google’s skeleton for dedicated Daydream headsets.

Oculus supposing a following matter to TechCrunch around a spokesperson:

We don’t have a product to betray during this time, however we can endorse that we’re creation several poignant record investments in a standalone VR category. This is in further to the joining to high-end VR products like Oculus Rift and mobile phone products like Gear VR

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