At the Oculus Connect 3 developer conference, Oculus announced that the development of a standalone virtual reality headset — an announcement that comes on the tails of Google’s Daydream.
The new headset — which is currently in its prototype phase — will hit a lower price point than the Oculus Rift, which requires a PC setup. Here’s everything we know about the future of virtual reality and Oculus.
Facebook’s Oculus Delves Deeper Into Virtual Reality
How Much Will The New Oculus Cost?
Unlike Google’s Daydream, Oculus’ standalone headset reportedly will not require a phone. We’re willing to bet that it’ll cost more than Daydream’s $79, but since Oculus is clearly trying to meet budget-minded VR adopters halfway, we predict that the price will remain competitive.
When Will We Get The Next Oculus?
Don’t hold your breath — the standalone Oculus is still in its prototype phase, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned nothing about a release date.
However, with over $500 million earmarked for developing virtual reality content, we’ll have plenty to keep us busy with Oculus until the standalone headset drops.
What About Oculus Touch?
Zuckerberg confirmed that Oculus Touch — the system’s innovative controllers — will cost $199 and will begin shipping December 6.
After delays last year, the Touch controllers are highly anticipated for their potential to create a far more immersive VR experience. Oculus Touch enables users to move in virtual worlds with natural movements, including waving, punching, and even pointing.