Facebook is moving at a fast pace in the world of virtual reality as can be seen by the recent trend in and around the company. Starting with the hiring of Hugo Barra as their VP at Oculus, and more recently the introduction of Live streaming on Spaces VR and the sale of Oculus Rift headset for $399.
According to a report by Bloomberg Technology, Facebook is looking towards making high-quality virtual reality mainstream as it is working on an Oculus VR headset which will retail for as less as $200 in 2018.
In addition to the device coming at a lower cost, it will also run without being connected to a phone or PC — as a self-sufficient stand-alone device.
“We don’t have a product to unveil at this time, however, we can confirm we’re making several significant technology investments in the standalone VR category,” Oculus spokesman Alan Cooper was quoted in the Bloomberg report.
While the VR tech has gained considerable popularity among tech enthusiasts, it still lacks mass acceptability mainly due to the premium price at which it’s being currently sold.
Facebook is hoping that their new Oculus VR headset which is presumably going on sale for $200 will revolutionise the world of Virtual Reality — a market which is bogged down by high-priced equipment as well as a dearth of content.
In its push towards increasing the popularity of VR and making its Oculus Rift VR headset and controllers more affordable to people, the company has put them up on sale for the next six weeks.
Earlier this year in March, the company had dropped the price of its Rift headset from $798 to $598. The current price slash brings Oculus Rift’s cost closer to Sony PlayStation VR and away from HTC Vive which is being sold for $799.
For experiencing VR on Oculus Rift, users will need an Oculus-Ready PC or Laptop and a Samsung device for Gear VR but with their upcoming VR headset, Facebook plans to weed out the technology’s dependence on extra paraphernalia.
The $200 Oculus VR headset is aimed at breaking the ‘premium’ barrier around high-quality VR and will encourage mass acceptance of the new technology.