Zuckerberg targets 1bn VR users as he unveils $199 Oculus Go

Zuckerberg targets 1bn VR users as he unveils $199 Oculus Go

Developers will build new apps to make people able to work with both the Oculus Go and the old Gear VR.

In a blog post, the company said the new price for its immersive headset will be available for a "limited time" as part of a summer sale. The Oculus GO VR headset will start shipping next year, and we need to see how it performs.

Facebook has rolled down the price of the Oculus Rift from $499 to $399.

The Oculus Go is similar to the Daydream View in being made from technical fabrics, making it flexible and compatible with spectacles, it's expected to hit the market in early 2018.

He also revealed plans for a Venues app experience that will allow people to attend live events in virtual reality.

Oculus says the standalone headset's fast-switch, high-resolution LCD display reduces the "screen-door effect" that's noticeable when experiencing virtual reality on smartphones - that is, the sense that the display's pixels are separated by fine black lines.

An Oculus for Business bundle contains Rift, Oculus Touch controllers, three sensors, and three facial interfaces.

In addition, Zuckerberg announced that Oculus' "Santa Cruz" headset, which offers inside-out headset tracking and "six degrees of freedom" hand controllers, will finally be available to Oculus developers "this year" and will be available to test on the Oculus Connect 4 show floor later today. Either they're the high-end, expensive pieces of hardware that need even more expensive hardware to run, or they're the lower-end, mobile powered alternatives that simply can't capture the same magic. Also, Unlike Rift, the Oculus Go won't have full space tracking features due to its untethered nature. The company was calling the prototype of this product "Santa Cruz" headset. Zuckerberg also said that this new device would come with other apps that the Gear VR had integrated. However, the VR still needs a powerful PC, as the source to use this device. Facebook has apparently leveraged AI to improve upon creating virtual avatars. 'It's awesome for watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with your friends in VR, ' the company claims in its announcement. If you are using a headset somewhere you feel safe, such as at home or in a vehicle, perhaps, VR can make you vulnerable.

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