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Facebook-owned Oculus built another VR headset: the $199 wireless 'Oculus Go'

11 October 2017, 09:01 | Cameron Gross

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Oculus is at its Connect 4 conference in San Jose, California, where it has announced a new VR headset.

Oculus hardware head Hugo Barra says the headset is created to be light, easily adjustable, and comfortable, with a mesh face cushion that's claimed to be breathable and comfortable.

The easiest way to experience VR is here with Oculus Go, an all-new standalone headset available early 2018.

What separates Oculus Go from devices like Gear VR and Oculus Rift is that it doesn't require an external device to power the experience. A simple gamepad is included, and even audio is integrated - there are speakers on the headset, as well as a standard headphone jack if you want to be a bit more private or use your own headphones.

Oculus executive Hugo Barra described the headset as way to enable VR for everyday use.

The display is described as a "high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen". It's introducing a much more refined version of Project Santa Cruz, the stand-alone VR headset it showed off past year. At its unveiling, the company revealed that the system will work much like the Oculus-built Gear VR, and that existing Gear VR apps will work with the device. However, Facebook is is looking to give us a third option with the $199 Oculus Go. To keep the price down, it will only have a single motion controller.

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