Oculus will, in 2018, make a new, wire-free VR headset available to the public.
The standalone VR headset, Oculus Go, was announced during the company's Connect 4 conference in October last year and is designed to sit between mobile VR, such as a Samsung Gear VR, and high-end headsets that require a PC, such as the Oculus Rift.
Some developers have their hands on them already, but we're still awaiting full, official details on when it will be available more widely.
Here then is what we know so far.
Oculus Go release date and price
The Oculus Go headset will be available from "early 2018". We're still awaiting an actual release date but considering an FCC filing has been discovered that confirms two separate headsets - one with 32GB of storage, the other with 64GB - have been approved for use in the US, they surely can't be far from shipping.
Oculus' own website states that the Oculus Go starts at $199 (around £146) and we presume that will be the price for the 32GB model.
What is Oculus Go?
Oculus Go is an all-in-one headset based on a mobile platform, rather than offer the full PC experience of the Oculus Rift. Here is what we know about the headset and the tech.
No phone or PC required
During Connect 4, Oculus executive Hugo Barra described the headset as way to enable VR for everyday use. There's no phone or PC required, and it's much more affordable when compared to existing VR headsets on the market. Keep in mind that, at the same event, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg said that he has a goal to get one billion people using VR, as he and the team at Oculus believe it's the future.
LCD display, integrated audio, and positional tracking
The Oculus Go has a mesh fabric, as well as a soft elastic strap, and all-new optical design, with lenses that are the same next generation ones found on Oculus Rift. So, it has the same wide field of view as the Rift, but with significantly reduced glare. Other features include a "fast-switch LCD" display with WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution and an integrated spatial audio experience.
That means the audio drivers are built in. There are also built-in cameras, which use computer vision to determine positional tracking.
Cotroller and apps
Barra said apps built for the Gear VR will be compatible with the Oculus Go. It also uses a controller that’s similar to the Gear VR’s remote, meaning developers can easily build experiences for Oculus Go and the Gear VR at the same time.
Different from Santa Cruz
Oculus Go had been rumoured prior to Oculus Connect, as Facebook had already announced a Santa Cruz standalone prototype last year. However, the Oculus Go headset is very different from that headset. For one, it doesn't seem to have inside-out tracking or motion controllers with full tracking. In other words, Santa Cruz is a separate, distinct product from Oculus Go.