Mark Zuckerberg takes on critics who say virtual reality is anti-social

Mark Zuckerberg takes on critics who say virtual reality is anti-social

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday unveiled a new Oculus virtual reality headset untethered from computers as part of a vision to bring the new technology to the masses.

In fact, it makes it much easier for developers to create content for Gear VR and Oculus Go at the same time if there are similarities between the headsets. They also mention that the visual clarity is improved over other mobile-based VR headsets and that they've managed to reduce the screen door effect, but they don't give the individual ocular resolutions nor do they the maximum hertz for frame-buffering. In addition to announcing a price cut to its Rift headset and Touch controller bundle, which now costs $399, Oculus introduced its first standalone headset. Oculus has used a new fabric for Go's facial interface which is "soft and breathable". Oculus considers the new headset to be the go-to model that sits between the Oculus Rift and Gear VR headsets. The last VR system wasn't a hit, and its sales reflected it. Analysts say that this might be the Facebook's last chance to launch a VR if the public doesn't appreciate it.

The Oculus Go will ship in early 2018. The Oculus Go also comes with orientation-tracked controller that has a trackpad on it. The Gear VR headset and controller will set you back £119 in the United Kingdom and still requires a high-end smartphone for use.

"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", Zuckerberg reassured a crowd of computer programmers gathered in San Jose, California, for Oculus' annual conference.

Facebook, which owns Oculus, is trying to promote the expansion of virtual reality into wider areas such as business, health and social interaction.

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That level of commitment will be needed given that the first day of the Oculus Connect conference raised as many questions as it answered about the company's VR strategy.

And now with the introduction of Oculus Go, Facebook might be a one step ahead in realizing its ambition.

Zuckerberg also wants one billion people to join VR.

That's because the low end of the market is already being served by hardware makers like HTC and Samsung, who've sold far more units than Facebook has of the Oculus Rift.

Facebook's VR headset uses an LCD panel instead of the OLED displays, which helps in lowering the motion blur.

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