Oculus is filling the virtual-reality niche between smartphones and its high-end, wired-up Oculus Rift headset with a standalone mobile headset that’ll sell for $199.
The Oculus Go headset, unveiled today in conjunction with the Oculus Connect conference in San Jose, Calif., is due to ship early next year, the Facebook subsidiary said in a blog post.
At today’s conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the product fills a “sweet spot” in his company’s campaign to get a billion people using virtual reality.
Oculus Go is compatible with mobile apps and content produced for Samsung Gear VR, the smartphone that’s optimized for Oculus. But it has a comfier facial interface, built-in speakers for spatial audio (plus a headphone jack) and wide-angle lenses.