Oculus reportedly planning $200 standalone wireless VR headset for 2018

Oculus reportedly planning $200 standalone wireless VR headset for 2018

The biggest virtual reality (VR) news this week has certainly centred around Oculus Rift, with Facebook slashing the price of the headset down to $399 USD/£399 GBP. Adding further, we also know that the new headset is code-named as 'Pacific' and is said to be a more compact version of the Oculus Rift. In fact, the Pacific reportedly will have more powerful graphics thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile chip. If there wasn't already a great way for people to "spend quality time together", Facebook has done this in VR. Oculus is understood to be keen to apply InfiniLED's technology because it uses 20-40 times less power than existing LED or OLED displays. "Whether you're touring exotic locations across the globe in 360, collaborating on a virtual marker masterpiece, or riffing on a viral video, the people who matter most to you can now follow along in real time on Facebook." added Booth.

Currently, VR hardware is available in two categories based on price: the cheap headset and the high-end gaming rigs. This puts it in a veritable sweet spot between heavy hitters like the Rift (around $499) and the Samsung Gear VR ($130). A future version of the device will have that capability, one of Bloomberg's insiders says.

The idea of the Pacific is to allow someone to reach into their bag pull the device out, put it on and start watching movies on a flight, just like you would a phone or tablet. The report actually states it will ship next year. This is the kind of thing we believe will exist... a completely new category of virtual reality product. So it will be more of an alternative to the Rift - not its replacement. Xiaomi and its contract manufacturers are said to be producing the devices for Facebook. Still, it's great to see that Facebook is opening up its push for social VR beyond simply siloing it away.

But then summer came, and a hot new promotion was unveiled, letting you save an additional $200 on the immersive gadget + accessories combo.