Oculus Go has potential, but it may have trouble finding a home

Say goodbye to those sensor stands soon.                  Sarah Tew  CNET

It certainly makes the sheer cost of investing in high-end VR a lot more palatable to the wallet, but Facebook has yet to confirm whether this price slash will make to either the United Kingdom or Australian markets. Also, this isn't simply just a vessel for your smartphones like Samsung's Gear VR or Zeiss VR One Plus; this is a unit that can work on its own. It also supports pulling 2D windows into virtual reality, where you can pin them into the VR experience. No word yet on price as its still early days, but expect something close to the hefty $599/£599 of the original Rift. Oculus has enlisted celebrities and teased a 40-minute VR-only film to sell consumers on the technology, and Facebook is building Venues, a sort of virtual hangout spot meant for watching live events with other users. Barra said Go features the next generation of Oculus Rift optical design, and allows for the same wide field of view while also reducing glare and the dreaded screen door effect.

Gartner analyst Brian Blau said there's still one hurdle the Oculus Go will have to overcome.

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This all should equal sharper visuals on Go, but of what, exactly? So today it launched "Oculus For Business" which lets companies buy Oculus bundles in bulk with enterprise-grade warranties, get a full VR commercial license, and access dedicated customer support. All we know right now is that Oculus Go can play what's in the Samsung Gear VR library, and this pales in comparison in both size and breath to what's available for Rift. That might not be enough to win over users. The Rift and Samsung's Gear VR-capable phones use OLED screens because of the faster refresh rate.

Still code-named Project Santa Cruz, the second generation Rift will feature on-board inside-out tracking, meaning the external sensors required by the original Rift will be built directly into the headset itself. Zuckerberg said it will be available next year, after developers get their hands on a developer version, code-named Santa Cruz. Facebook is still trying to bring virtual reality into the mainstream, and hopes the new headset will help.

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