Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled the new Oculus Go virtual reality device, which does not require a computer connection like Oculus Rift, which he hopes will facilitate the spread of this new technology to the general public.
The new device, according to French and Reuters news agencies, will cost $199 and will start selling in early 2018.
As the head of Facebook said,
the new handset is the first product to offer a virtual reality experience without requiring either a cable connection to a desktop computer, or its combination with a “smart” mobile phone to function.
Oculus Go uses internal cameras, sensors and special software to record physical movements, which are “translated” into movements in the virtual worlds seen by the user.
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Zuckerberg said his goal is:
“To bring a billion people into the virtual reality. The road will not be easy, but the virtual reality will change the way we see the world and make our lives much better. “
Sony, HTC and Oculus (which was acquired by Facebook in 2014 instead of $3 billion) are currently the most important “players” in the market for personal virtual reality devices. Google offers the Google Daydream device used in conjunction with some smartphones.
Oculus has also announced, as the AMPE broadcasts, that, along with the release of Oculus Go, it will reduce from $499 to $399 the price of Oculus Rift, which was released in 2016. According to Super Data, this year is expected to 213,000 Oculus Rift devices are sold versus 305,000 HTC Vive devices.
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