Oculus finally unveils its first standalone headset, the Oculus Go, which will cost only $199, making it a little more accessible than the Santa Cruz.

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Oculus Unveils $199 Standalone Headset

The Oculus Go is not to be mistaken with Project Santa Cruz, which exists as a separate product. The Go is a Virtual Reality headset located in between the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR. Unlike the Rift, which requires a powerful PC to work, or the Gear VR, which requires a Samsung smartphone, the upcoming Oculus Go will be entirely self-contained.

Mark Zuckerberg claims The Oculus Go is the “most accessible VR headset ever.” It features cameras on the headset and uses computer vision technology for orientational tracking. The price tag is only $199 and will start shipping early next year.

The headset has a mesh fabric that conforms to people’s faces. It features a soft elastic strap and next-generation VR optics. The headset brings a new optical design, with next-generation Oculus Rift lenses. The Oculus Go promises a wide field of view and significantly reduced glare.

The display is made of fast-switch LCD with WQHD 2560X1440 resolution. It has a high pixel fill factor with a powerful effect on visual clarity that reduces the screen-door effect.

One of the most interesting features about the Oculus Go is its integrated spatial audio experience. The headset has audio drivers built into it, so you won’t need headphones to listen to the sounds. But people around you will also listen to your in-game experiences as well.

The apps are binary compatible and feature the same controller input set as the Samsung Gear VR headset. So apps that are built for the Gear VR will be compatible with the Oculus Go as well. It will even ship with a controller similar to Gear VR controller. Developer kits will ship in November.

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