$200-Worth Standalone VR Headsets To Be Released Next Year

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

REUTERS/Gus RuelasSoftware designer Julian Kantor (L), who created "The Recital" takes a picture of Jonathan Feng (R) as he uses the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to experience his program during E3 in Los Angeles, California June 12, 2013. The device will be the company's addition to their commitment to high-end virtual reality devices such as Gear VR and Oculus Rift.

Recently, sources close to the rumored project, which is internally called "Pacific", talked to Bloomberg and provided several insights on what to expect from the next Oculus product.

As for the distribution of this new VR hardware, Oculus VR laid its plans to work with Chinese company Xiami in a contract for the new headset's global distribution.

Bloomberg reported that the new Oculus VR headset will come with a $200 price tag and that Oculus will be working with Xiaomi to produce a wireless VR headset that will come in to sit below their current Rift but on top of the cheaper VR headset like the Samsung Gear VR. The worldwide version of this headset is expected to have the Oculus branding while it will have the Xiaomi branding in China. The report even described it as something that can be simply pulled out from the owner's bag. This leaves an opening for changes in the end product, but the main idea is to provide the general public an option to watch movies or play video games in a VR platform everywhere - as easy as it is with a smartphone or a tablet.

Oculus VR is developing this headset to be more compact, but with more power, such as cameras that utilized inside-out tracking. But overall, the sources were confident that the standalone headset from Oculus will be more powerful than the Samsung Gear VR.

According to Bloomberg, Oculus spokesman Alan Cooper stated that although they don't have the new hardware to unveil just yet, but they can confirm that they are making a number of significant technology investments in the upcoming VR device. Meanwhile, an unveiling event is eyed sometime later this year, but it will not be released in the market until 2018.

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