Oculus' Santa Cruz Headset Will be Arriving Within the Year for Developers

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Oculus has revealed its newest headset, Oculus Go, aiming to bridge the gap between mobile-based virtual reality headsets and PC-tethered versions. Oculus Go aims to cover the neglected middle-ground by offering up a $199 VR headset that runs completely on its own, without needing a PC or smartphone to provide images or power. There are expensive, best-in-class, desktop-based solutions like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that are stunning, but require lots of wires and an expensive computer. The headset uses a controller similar to the Gear VR and will use some of the same apps as the existing mobile phone-powered headset.

Oculus has shared minimal hardware details about the Oculus Go at this point.

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The device utilizes a "fast-switch" WQHD LCD screen and spatial audio. In fact, it's the same field of view as the Oculus Rift. However, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening too. It will be cross-compatible with all Gear VR titles.

In an official announcement, Oculus called its Oculus Go headset the "easiest way to experience VR". Dev kits will ship in November.

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