Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the company’s second virtual reality headset on Wednesday: A wireless, standalone headset called Oculus Go.
The Go will cost $199, and will ship “early next year,” Zuckerberg said at Oculus’s annual developers conference
Facebook already has one headset, called Oculus Rift. But it’s expensive, especially for a casual VR user — it costs $399.
The Rift also requires a high-powered PC in order to power the headset, and cables and wires that mean users can’t easily pack it up and take it with them. As a result, it’s most popular with gamers.
The Oculus Go doesn’t require cables, and is meant to be a higher quality version of the cheaper VR headsets.
Zuckerberg said that the new headset fits in the “sweet spot” between the Rift and other portable, smartphone-powered VR headsets. “That high quality affordable experience that doesn’t tether you to a PC,” Zuckerberg explained. “Oculus Go is the most accessible VR experience ever.”
They’re also building a new VR feature called “Venues,” which Zuckerberg says will let groups of users watch live events.
In true Facebook fashion, Zuckerberg said that he wants to get “1 billion people in virtual reality.”
Facebook already has three other billion-user products: Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp.