Report: Oculus Plans On Releasing a “Spectrum” Of Standalone VR Headsets
It’s been recently unveiled that Facebook is cranking up its gears to release a standalone VR headset – codenamed Pacific – to the mass market early next year. Similar to its competitors, the mecca social media company believes that this product and solution will be widely adopted for its convenience and price. Oculus will be offering this new product at around the $200 mark, which is between the Gear VR and Rift price points. The headset will be untethered and won’t require a mobile device nor a PC to power the HMD.
The standalone VR headset is described to be lighter than the Samsung Gear VR. This is beneficial as it’ll create less sagging over your face. Oculus also plans on implementing the HMD with the latest Snapdragon mobile chips manufactured by Qualcomm. However, there are rumors that it wont include positional tracking technology. This means that users won’t be able spatially aware of their virtual space.
Oculus’s main competitor, the HTC Vive has similar plans on releasing a standalone VR headset by partnering up with Google. The two joint companies are expecting to release their new HMD later this year during the holiday season.
But something striking about Oculus is that they won’t be releasing just one standalone HMD. No, they plan on releasing a spectrum of standalone VR headsets according to Bloomberg reports. A spokesperson for Oculus stated to Bloomberg, “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. This is in addition to our commitment to high-end VR products like Oculus Rift and mobile phone products like Gear VR.”
Oculus is planning on enlisting China’s Xiaomi and their network of contract manufacturers to produce the new headset for global distribution. The device will feature Oculus branding around the world besides a custom version exclusive to China where it’ll feature Xiaomi’s emblem and software. This may be a correlated result of Oculus hiring Hugo Barra who was recently the VP over at Xiaomi.
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