Oculus is developing a $200 VR Headset for 2018
Facebook’s Oculus is currently working on a VR headset prototype affordable enough for anyone to buy ($200) but also cord-free and with its own hardware.
Facebook will Unveil Wireless Oculus VR Headset
Oculus is reportedly developing a $200 cord-free Virtual Reality headset to be released on 2018, according to Bloomberg. The headset is codenamed “Pacific” it won’t be an empty box for a smartphone, like other affordable choices in the market, it’ll feature all the hardware it requires to power any kind of Virtual Reality experience.
Oculus seems to be developing a VR headset powered by mobile-like hardware, cheap and efficient components such as those found in modern smartphones. Pacific will be much lighter than the Samsung Gear VR and will include a wireless remote.
Developers made clear that this prototype it’s not a version of the Santa Cruz wireless device that many claims to be even more powerful. The Santa Cruz headset will have powerful hardware and will definitely cost more than $200.
“We don’t have a product to unveil at this time, however, we can confirm that we’re making several significant technology investments in the standalone VR category,” an Oculus spokesperson said in a statement. “This is in addition to our commitment to high-end VR products like Oculus Rift and mobile phone products like Gear VR.”
Low-end wireless VR headsets are a good sign that Virtual Reality is taking goods steps towards mass adoption. Mobile headsets are cheaper but require expensive smartphones. For many, it makes more sense to buy a $200 headset that’s easy to use and doesn’t require setup.