Oculus Go is back on the stage of the CES 2018, after being officially announced by Facebook last October. Recall that this is a standalone VR headset and unlinked by Rift; its main purpose is to offer an economic access door to the world of Virtual Reality content, thanks to the integration of a hardware platform very similar to the one present on a smartphone.
Oculus Go VR headset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, one of the tops of the range at the end of 2016, and has been confirmed support for all Gear VR apps.
During the CES 2018, Hugo Barra – Vice President of the VR section of Facebook – introduced the device again and adding some additional extra details. Oculus Go was developed in collaboration with Xiaomi, which was responsible for the realization of the device hardware. Barra also revealed that his former employer, Xiaomi, is actually Oculus’ hardware partner for the Go headset.
Oculus Go will also have a twin device, called the Mi VR Standalone, designed exclusively for the Chinese market. The main differences will affect the software since all Facebook-centric Go content cannot be used in China. In short, a Xiaomi increasingly present in the Western world, thanks to great partnerships and the recent opening of its distribution channels in Europe.
Unfortunately, Barra did not offer further details about the Oculus Go release date, which should reach the market in early 2018 at a price of $199.