Facebook to Sell Virtual Reality Headsets Oculus Go at US$199, Oculus Rift at US$399

Published Date : Oct 12, 2017

A novel virtual reality headset is about to be unveiled by Facebook, Inc., Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. According to Facebook CEO, Zuckerberg, this new headset will permit more number of mobile uses than the company’s current product, i.e. Oculus Rift. The best part is this device could operate without the use of a separate computer. At a virtual reality developers’ conference, Zuckerberg spoke about the Oculus Go device, which could be priced at a US$199.0 and shipped early in 2018. Although the device will arrive late for the 2017 holiday season, Facebook chief said it is likely to stay ahead of rivals.

Facebook Expected to Ship 213,000 Rift Systems in 2017, while HTC 305,000 Vive Systems

To date, Facebook invested big bucks in virtual reality hardware with the hope that the technology could do more than its niche interest–for instance, its wide usage as a platform for business, communication, and gaming applications. The company already paid US$3.0 billion for the acquisition of Oculus and retention of its employees.

The Go could share a similar billing range with the Rift, which was put on sale in 2017, or HTC’s Vive for that matter. Facebook CTO, Mike Schroepfer said passengers could see a lot of these devices in airplanes for the reason that they are significantly better than back-of-the-seat monitors. Schroepfer continued to explain that the Go is targeted for people with no Samsung smartphones. The device could be rivaled by Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR and Google Daydream.

Facebook is also stepping into the development of other virtual reality products such as Facebook Spaces, which facilitates meeting friends in virtual rooms and will integrate live video soon.