Facebook is ready to disclose a standalone Oculus digital actuality headset someday later this yr, Bloomberg stories, with a ship date of someday in 2018. The headset will work with out requiring a tethered PC or smartphone, based on the report, and might be branded with the Oculus title all over the world, besides in China, the place it’ll carry Xiaomi commerce gown and run some Xiaomi software program as a part of a partnership that extends to manufacturing plans for the machine.
Wireless VR, and VR that doesn’t require any extra units past a headset is a recognized objective for Facebook and Oculus, as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has beforehand mentioned a mid-point class between entry-level smartphone-based VR as demonstrated by the Samsung Gear VR, and PC-based high-end VR like that discovered within the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. HTC introduced its intentions to construct a standalone VR machine primarily based on Google’s Daydream platform earlier this yr.
Samsung can also be engaged on standalone VR, with reported “Odyssey” branding. Facebook has additionally stated it’s engaged on wi-fi model of the Rift, with equal energy to that machine when tethered to a PC presently, as Bloomberg notes. This so-called “Santa Cruz” prototype continues to be in growth, and Facebook continues to be engaged on its standalone inside/out environmental monitoring efforts.
This new reported machine, which bears the code-name “Pacific,” based on the report, will appear to be the Rift when it comes to design however be lighter than the present Samsung Gear VR headset, and might be powered by a Snapdragon cellular processor with higher graphics capabilities than the Gear VR, however with out positional monitoring like that made potential on the Rift by way of Oculus sensors.
The key ingredient right here would be the stability of worth and efficiency: Facebook will reportedly promote the headset for round $200, which might assist it entice a wider viewers vs. the dearer Rift (which is on sale for its lowest worth ever at $399 presently, bundled with Touch controllers). Still, Oculus appears intent on persevering with to help Rift and the PC, in addition to its Gear VR partnership with Samsung, with the goal of reaching as many shoppers as potential with a number of approaches to VR.
The VR trade at giant continues to be looking for the suitable stability to make the know-how extra broadly engaging to customers – the subsequent goal seems to be inexpensive, standalone items, and it’ll be fascinating to see how the Oculus method compares to Google’s plans for devoted Daydream headsets.
Oculus supplied the next assertion to TechCrunch by way of a spokesperson:
We don’t have a product to unveil at the moment, nonetheless we are able to verify that we’re making a number of vital know-how investments within the standalone VR class. This is along with our dedication to high-end VR merchandise like Oculus Rift and cell phone merchandise like Gear VR