Facebook acquired Oculus few years back, precisely in 2014 when Facebook paid $3 billion to acquire Oculus and retain its employees. Sine then they have made significant progress with the brands VR systems and ability. According to Mark, he plans to make VR available to everyone, this lead to his team developing a new standalone VR, called Oculus GO.
Oculus GO is a new virtual reality headset does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company’s existing Oculus Rift product. The new VR headset is lightweight and features a high-resolution LCD screen and speakers built in to deliver “spatial audio” and would cost $199.
Brian Blau, an analyst with the Gartner research company said “the strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and inexpensive as possible..And $199 is an inexpensive entry for a lot of people who are just starting out in VR. The problem is you will be spending that money on a device that only does VR and nothing else.”
Mark Zuckerberg remains convinced that VR will evolve into a technology that reshapes the way people interact and experience life, much as Facebook’s social networks and smartphones already have. His visions carry weight, largely because Facebook now has more than 2 billion users and plays an influential role in how people communicate.
The new device has a higher resolution screen than the rift – 2,560 x 1,440px (single panel) vs. 2,160 x 1,200px (split between two panels). For gaming control and interaction there is a single motion controller with a touch area and a trigger.
The Oculus Go is simplly very portable, especially compared to the Rift. You don’t even need headphones since there are built-in speakers (but also a jack if you do prefer headphones). The headset is made out of a breathable cloth and you can wear it with glasses.
The Oculus Go will straddle the market between the Rift, the Samsung Gear and Google’s $99 Daydream View, a $129 headset that runs on some of Samsung’s higher-priced phones. Zuckerberg promised the Oculus Go would be “the most accessible VR experience ever” and help realize his new goal of having 1 billion people dwelling in virtual reality at some point in the future.
Facebook and other major technology companies such as Google and Microsoft that are betting on VR have a long way to go. In true Facebook fashion, Zuckerberg said that he wants to get “1 billion people in virtual reality.” There is a possiblity to Marker future plans as statistics from Gartner show. According to Gartner about 16 million head-mounted display devices were shipped in 2016, a number expected to rise to 22 million this year. One can expect the numbers to increase with the new Facebook plan.