No need for a PC.
While virtual reality (VR) is still being slowly adopted by the masses, one hurdle is that these headsets need to be connected to a PC that will be able to render the intense graphics that it needs. That’s normally the setup for the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. You can always opt in for the mobile versions like the Samsung Gear VR or more mainstream alternatives like the PlayStation VR though it will be less powerful that the Oculus or the Vive.
Facebook is looking to bridge this gap with the new Oculus Go, a $199 VR headset that doesn’t need to be connected to a PC. The announcement was made by current VP of VR at Oculus Hugo Barra.
The Oculus Go is lightweight, and uses a breathable fabric for a comfortable fit. The inner parts of the headset feature soft foam so it will automatically conform to your face structure.
The Go also features a fast-switching LCD with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution that also includes a new next generation lens that was said to be even better than the original rift. There is also a 3.5 mm audio jack with support for spatial audio that would enable you to hear sound from virtually any direction even when listening to only stereo speakers.
Just like the Samsung Gear VR, the Oculus Go will have the same motion controller that has 3 degrees of freedom.
No word yet on an exact release other than we know that it’s coming next year, but developers will be able to get developer kits next month so they start making apps for the platform.