Facebook’s Oculus is about to open a new corridor for virtual reality headsets. Where today’s VR headsets either depend on smartphones or high-end PCs, the new Oculus device will fill that gap in between.
Have you ever wanted to try out the virtual reality experience; but, yet don’t have a computer powerful enough to run it, or the smartphone-dependent headsets just aren’t the right level of awesome? No worries, since the new Oculus said to come next year may be just what you desire.
As reported by Bloomberg, this year, Facebook is planning to announce a virtual reality headset that is both cheaper and standalone and as an added bonus, wireless. Their new product code-named “Pacific”; much like its bigger brother Oculus Rift, will be targeted towards gaming, video and social networking. However, one can see it as a compact version of the Rift and is supposedly lighter than the Samsung Gear VR. The main idea lies in its portability, allowing you to carry it in your bag and pick it up whenever and (almost) wherever you feel like watching a movie or playing a game.
Shipping in 2018, this device will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile chip, which most likely makes the gaming experience superior to that of the Samsung Gear VR headset. Incredibly, neither a computer nor smartphone will be needed for it to work.
Facebook is taking virtual reality to the mass-market and has admitted that they’re investing in the standalone VR category. The new device will reportedly have a price tag of USD $200, compared to the Oculus Rift; that, although went through a price drop recently, still fetches around USD $400. While the Rift is the higher-end headset of the two and comes with spatial tracking technology which the new device won’t have, the lower price of the new device can possibly attract a bigger audience and in turn help expand the currently limited VR market.
Apart from the ridiculous domination of Google Card board on the VR-scene, Oculus Rift is in fourth place in global virtual reality market share, just behind the HTC Vive. Samsung, with its Gear VR is the leader, with PlayStation VR coming in a sharp second. With a great competitive price and consumers finally getting a taste of standalone headsets, the new portable Oculus headset might have a chance at taking a good chunk of the market from Samsung. We’ll wait and see if it lives up to the anticipation.
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