Facebook has announced a new version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, known as the Oculus Go, which the company will release early next year.
— Oculus (@oculus) October 11, 2017
Facebook says it’s the most accessible headset yet, as it does not require cables or another device to run off of, such as a PC or smartphone. According to the official blog post, the device is also “super lightweight” and made of a new fabric that is “soft and breathable.”
The Oculus Go also features integrated spatial audio, built-in speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.
Notably, the Oculus Go also uses the same controller as the Samsung Gear VR, the South Korean tech giant’s Oculus-powered mobile-tethered headset. As a result, Facebook says the “developers building for Gear VR are already building for Oculus Go.”
Additionally, Facebook says the “best of [Samsung Gear VR’s] mobile VR content library” will be available on Oculus Go at launch, although specific titles weren’t specified.
The Oculus Go is set to cost $200 USD (which amounts to $248 CAD), with shipments beginning early next year.
A spokesperson for Facebook Canada has told MobileSyrup that there is no information on Canadian pricing and availability at this time. Facebook also revealed a new version of its high-end Santa Cruz virtual reality headset today.