Oculus Go has potential, but it may have trouble finding a home

Say goodbye to those sensor stands soon.                  Sarah Tew  CNET

Today, Facebook owned Oculus announced their follow up to the Oculus Rift VR headset, and they've decided to make the entry point to Oculus VR much easier to access.

Facebook wants you to take a holiday in VR. At $199, the new Oculus Go is significantly undercutting the $599 launch price of the Rift, which has seen its own price cut to $399 since it launched about a year and a half ago.

It'll cost $US199 ($255), a good chunk cheaper than its big brother the Oculus Rift which originally sold for $US549 ($704). Indeed, it's only a little more expensive than something like Samsung's Gear VR, which also requires a recent smartphone to actually serve as the headset's display and processor.

Oculus Go looks to achieve accessibility, which Facebook says is crucial to getting more people to use VR.

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"I am more committed than ever to the future of virtual reality", said Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to a crowd of computer programmers gathered in San Jose, California, for Oculus's annual conference. "That high quality affordable experience that doesn't tether you to a PC", Zuckerberg explained. It also supports pulling 2D windows into virtual reality, where you can pin them into the VR experience. They can target both Gear VR and Oculus Go at the same time, and Facebook confirms Oculus Go will be binary-compatible with Gear VR content.

We didn't get any of the technical specs, so we don't know exactly how the Oculus Go will work.

That accessibility is where Oculus Go comes in. Created to rival mobile-powered devices such as Gear VR, Oculus Go will feature a "fast switch" WQHD 2560 x 1440 LCD screen as well as support for spatial audio. The Rift and Samsung's Gear VR-capable phones use OLED screens because of the faster refresh rate. But a business could much more easily dedicate a VR room, have staff knowledgeable enough to set it up, and with a flow of customers or co-workers to make it worthwhile.

Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg caught some flak for leading us on a virtual reality (VR) tour of the destruction Maria wrought on Puerto Rico.

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