Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go, a full VR experience on a Budget?

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg announced that the new VR headset would be much cheaper than the existing £399 Oculus Rift, but didn't divulge United Kingdom pricing.

Facebook's Oculus has been working on a new VR headset from a long ago, and we have reported earlier about it that a new VR headset for masses is on the cards and now this has come true, with Oculus releasing it's $199 VR headset.

At such an affordable price point, Oculus Go might be the catalyst the VR industry needs to continue delivering out-of-this-world experiences.

To achieve that goal, Zuckerberg has to figure a way for people to be able to move while using the premium, standalone VR device.

Since it bought Oculus VR in 2014, FB stock hasn't seen many positives from the acquisition. It joins a product range that also includes the mobile Oculus Gear VR and the high-end Oculus Rift.

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"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and low-priced as possible", said Gartner Inc. analyst Brian Blau.

The same set also runs at £399 for the United Kingdom and European Union markets, as well as making it a whole lot more affordable than competing offers like the HTC Vive, which still retails for about $600 as of this time. Audi is using Oculus to create virtual showrooms for its cars that let prospective customers try out thousands of custom configurations before making an order.

The fully integrated headset will not require a separate computer or cell phone to work and it is part of Facebook's plan to "put 1 billion people in VR". From the wired version, Oculus now has a wireless pair in the form of Oculus GO.

These types of VR are not always embraced by customers due to the high price the companies ask, and because the systems usually need a high-tech computer to work.

In fact, the lenses used in the Oculus Go are better than those bundled with the Oculus Rift and are said to provide "significantly reduced glare". In fact, he suggested that developers start by "sprucing up some Gear VR-level things", not bringing Rift games over. However, there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening, or for when you're getting on your housemates' nerves.