On Friday, Oct. 12, Facebook-owned Oculus shared two significant milestones for a standalone VR headset and controllers, the Oculus Go headset and Santa Cruz controllers.
These bring more freedom and accessibility to VR because they do not need a cable or a mobile phone for use. Standalone headsets represent a totally new phase of VR hardware.
The following it the full announcement from Oculus.
Introducing Oculus Go*
Our first standalone product is Oculus Go--the easiest way to jump into VR. It ships early next year, starting at $199 USD. It's awesome for watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with your friends in VR.
This all-in-one device makes VR more accessible than ever and represents a huge leap forward in comfort, visual clarity, and ease-of-use.
The headset is super lightweight, and the new fabric used for the facial interface is soft and breathable.
The high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen dramatically improves visual clarity and reduces screen door effect. And the next-generation lenses are our best ever--offering a wide field of view with significantly reduced glare.
Oculus Go also ships with integrated spatial audio. The speakers are built right into the headset, transporting you straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else. If you need it, there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.
Gear VR and Oculus Go apps are binary compatible, and they share the same controller input set--that means developers building for Gear VR are already building for Oculus Go. As an added plus, the best of our mobile VR content library will be available to everyone on day one.
Oculus Go pushes the envelope of what's possible at such an accessible price point, and we can't wait to share more early next year.
Project Santa Cruz: Untethered 6DOF Magic
Ever since building Rift, our dream has been to bring the magic of a PC VR experience to an untethered form factor. That's why we were so excited to share our early work with Santa Cruz at Oculus Connect last year. Although that first prototype had a full-blown mobile computer strapped to the back of your head, the feeling of freedom you got when first experiencing fully untethered positionally-tracked VR remains unparalleled.
Today, we showed the next phase of Santa Cruz development, delivering hand presence with two positionally tracked controllers. This is an important, industry-first milestone that brings the magic and incredible design expertise of Touch into a completely standalone experience.
We leverage the same constellation tracking technology that we developed for Rift and Touch. Getting the infrared LEDs on our new Santa Cruz controllers to work with the sensors used for inside-out tracking on the headset was a significant computer vision, design, and engineering problem. This is a milestone we're proud of. By using four ultra-wide sensors, we achieved a large controller tracking volume, allowing for natural and unrestricted movement.
We have a lot more work to do as we build the next generation of standalone VR technology, and we look forward to sharing more updates on these products soon.