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Oculus Rift bundle gets massive price cut

Oculus Rift bundle gets massive price cut

With Rift Core 2.0, you'll be able to customize your Home experience-with toys, furniture, artwork, and more that you can place in virtual space as you see fit. I know people who own the PlayStation VR.

Oculus Go doesn't use a PC, nor does it require the use of a smartphone.

The Oculus Go will be available next year starting from $199 (around £150).

'It's awesome for watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with your friends in VR, ' the company claims in its announcement. The latter was unveiled a year ago as a prototype and is now getting closer to release.

The Oculus Go will straddle the market between the Rift and the Samsung Gear, a $129 headset that runs on some of Samsung's higher-priced phones. For the uninitiated, the Samsung Gear VR is a VR headset created to be powered by a handful of top-tier Samsung smartphones.

2017 has already seen some massive price cuts on virtual reality equipment, as both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift slashed their asking prices by hundreds of pounds in efforts to lure more customers into their ecosystems.

Facebook has also revealed a permanent price-cut for the Oculus Rift, which will now be retailing at a price of $399 instead of the original $499 price tag.




Oculus advertises the Go's "breathable" fit. The standalone headset utilizes a fast switch WQHD LCD screen for delivering an impeccable viewing experience. In short, the Oculus Go comprises of a mini computer built into the headset. There is still a 3.5mm audio jack if users wants to plug in their own set of earphones.

Samsung has worked with Oculus in the past on its Gear VR headsets, and Oculus appears to be building on that platform with the Go headset.

Oculus Connect 4 also offered another peek at Project Santa Cruz, the ambitious next step of PC VR sporting an untethered headset. They sport infrared LEDs that work with tracking sensors on the headset and allow natural and unrestricted movement.

"The new Oculus for Business bundle makes it easy for your company to get started with hardware, accessories, dedicated service, and expanded warranty and licensing terms".

Along with this, Facebook Spaces, the virtual reality hangout app, has got some new additions as well.

The development kits for the Oculus Go will be shipping to developers in November.

It's going to be hard to shift the price down much lower than that for many retailers, but we'd be surprised if there wasn't some sort of temporary reduction to the cost of the main headset, along with a few bundles including games.