Oculus the company owned by Facebook Inc. on Wednesday announced a new budget virtual reality headset which doesn’t require a separate computer to operate. Mark Zuckerberg said, “this will allow users to be more mobile than the company’s existing Oculus Rift products.” at the conference for virtual reality developers, Mark Zuckerberg said that the Oculus Go would cost $199 (roughly Rs. 13,000). He also said that the product will start shipping in early 2018.
Facebook has been investing in the field of virtual reality very heavily, and the company believes that the technology in the near future will turn from a niche to a widely used platform. This has been the case since 2014 when it acquired Oculus for $3 billion. The company seems to be steering its virtual reality interests to gaming, communication and business applications.
“I think you’re going to see these a lot on aeroplanes because it’s way better than the back-of-the-seat monitor or my phone,”
Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, said in an interview.
Oculus is marketing the Oculus Go as a cheaper and simpler alternative to the Rift which competes with HTC’s Vive VR headset. It is a simpler module as it doesn’t require a computer to operate. However, the Go will face serious competition from the Samsung Gear VR and the Google Daydream headsets which are already selling in the market and are similar to the Oculus Go
Additionally, the company is also giving the Oculus Rift VR headset a price cut from $499 (Roughly Rs. 32,500) to $399 (Roughly Rs. 26,000). This is interesting as the company is expected to ship around 2,13,000 units of the Rift this year according to Super Data research.