Facebook unveils standalone Oculus Go VR headset

Facebook has switched to a penetration pricing strategy to spur consumer interest for its Oculus-brand virtual reality headsets.

Facebook has rolled down the price of the Oculus Rift from $499 to $399.

Oculus Go is key to Facebook's target of getting one billion people actively using VR, a goal that would be a win for FB stock - and finally justify the $2 billion Facebook spent to acquire Oculus.

The stand-alone headset doesn't require plugging in a smartphone or a cord tethering it to a personal computer like other VR, or virtual reality, headsets. It showed the world how VR can make gaming more immersive.

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Facebook, The online social media, and social networking service unveil Oculus Go Portable VR Headset.

"The strategy for Facebook is to make the onboarding to VR as easy and low-cost as possible", said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. From the wired version, Oculus now has a wireless pair in the form of Oculus GO.

Facebook has announced the wireless headset with virtual reality for $200, which does not even need a smartphone to control.

The $900 package contains an Oculus Rift headset, Touch controllers, remote, three sensors and three Rift Fits headset foam pads.

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"Oculus Go is a Facebook-made alternative for the (Samsung) Gear VR that will not require a recent Samsung phone to operate", Schachter said. It's not a replacement for the Gear VR, and Carmack predicted that five years from now, phone-based VR would still have more users than all-in-one headsets.

These types of VR are not always embraced by customers due to the high price the companies ask, and because the systems usually need a high-tech computer to work.

Facebook has not yet revealed the technical specifications of theOculus Gb, but promises an enhanced visual experience (reflections reduced, wider angle of view) and a greater comfort for the wearer, which passes by the use of the best materials for the manufacture of the helmet and especially by a reduced body weight.

Speakers are built into the headset, for transporting the user straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else.

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The Oculus Go also comes with a 3.5mm jack, allowing owners to utilize their own headphones.

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