$200 Oculus Rift VR Headset coming in 2018
Facebook, which owns VR company Oculus, is planning to bring VR headsets to the mainstream with a $200 (About Php10k) standalone wireless VR headset.
Codenamed ‘Pacific’, it aims to bridge the gap between the two current VR markets, the high-end PC gaming headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and the cheaper ones such as the Samsung Gear VR and Cardboard. It is to be completely standalone and wireless, removing the need to have it tethered to a smartphone or PC.
It appears that portability will be the big feature with this headset, with content consumption and social media in mind, and less about high end VR gaming. The device will have Oculus branding, but plans to enlist Chinese company, Xiaomi to produce the headset. Qualcomm is rumored to be involved as well, as the headset could potentially be powered by a Snapdragon chip.
This VR headset ships in 2018, so we’ll have to stay tuned for an announcement from Oculus most likely sometime in Q4.