Facebook has just wrapped up its day one of the Oculus Connect 4 event at San Jose, California, US. At the event, the social media titan talked about two new hardware devices, both having a single thread in common – Virtual Reality.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook kicked off the fourth annual event by revealing a new headset called Oculus Go and by giving few more details on the Project Santa Cruz.
Oculus Go is Facebook’s first ever standalone virtual reality headset that will be shipping in the US ‘early next year’ and will come at a base price of $199 (roughly Rs 13,000). “It’s awesome for watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with your friends in VR,” says the Oculus blog post. The device is said to be light-weight and sports a ‘new fabric’.
It has a high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen for an improved clarity and wide angled lens with reduced glare. Also, the headset has an integrated spatial audio, which means its speakers come built-in. This is in addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Facebook says that those VR app developers building content for Gear VR can also build for Oculus Go easily as the apps of both are binary compatible and share the same controller input set.
Project Santa Cruz
Project Santa Cruz is Facebook’s 6DOF (Six degrees of freedom) headset that is still in its early stages. The device has been in works since months. This time the social media firm showcased two positional tracked controllers for the Santa Cruz.
“This is an important, industry-first milestone that brings the magic and incredible design expertise of Touch into a completely standalone experience,” added the blog post.
For this, Oculus has used the same ‘constellation tracking technology’ that was developed for the Oculus Rift and Touch. “Getting the infrared LEDs on our new Santa Cruz controllers to work with the sensors used for inside-out tracking on the headset was a significant computer vision, design, and engineering problem,” says the firm.
The new controllers make use of four ultra-wide sensors for natural and ‘unrestricted’ movement. Since the device is still a work in progress, there is no launch time frame given by Facebook.