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Facebook to launch new virtual reality headset

2017-10-12 09:11 by
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Facebook Inc has announced a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company's existing Oculus Rift product. Oculus Go headsets will be priced at $199 and will begin shipping early next year.

The Go's audio comes from the headset itself in the form of a "spatial audio" system as opposed to a connected smartphone's speakers. Theoretically, this should result in improved audio quality but only time will tell. There's also a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.

The device will be able to use all the apps currently available for the Gear VR, the Samsung and Oculus headset that requires a smartphone to work. Developers will be able to get their hands on Oculus Go in November to make more specialized programs for it.

Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, will move from a niche interest to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications. In 2014, Facebook paid US$3 billion to acquire Oculus and retain its employees.

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