The $199 standalone VR headset will be shipped in early 2018.
There weren't too many details on the Oculus website about the GO - the release date is a nebulous "next year" and it still needs FCC certification - but Facebook's Head of Virtual Reality Hugo Barra revealed some of the details in the keynote address.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new Oculus virtual reality headset Wednesday, part of a vision to bring the new technology to the masses. Additionally, the Oculus Go has improved lenses that reduce glare.
The headset is lightweight and features a high-resolution LCD screen and speakers built in to deliver "spatial audio". The apps for the Oculus Go and the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR are also binary compatible, with the two devices sharing the same controllers.
After many people criticized the VR broadcast in the comments on his Facebook profile, Zuckerberg apologized.
The report has now been confirmed to be true with the unveiling of the Oculus Go, which the company is describing as "the easiest way to jump into VR".
Oculus also announced an Oculus for Business bundle yesterday, which will include a Rift headset, Touch controllers, three sensors and three face sponges, as well as dedicated customer support and special extended licenses and warranties to set up the headset.
A thunder bolt was plummeted by Facebook on the virtual reality world that doesn't entail wires or a smart phone to work. While still in prototype form, the new version looks much more polished than what Oculus trotted out at last year's Connect event. Although, of course, you'll need a smartphone to use that. Named Oculus Go, the biggest USP of the headset is its standalone feature, which in other words translates to its capability to function independently without requiring tethering to a smartphone or computer.
The new Rift price is priced cheaper than competing HTC headsets and on par with similarly bundled PlayStation VR gear. The VR has those systems integrated, so people don't have to be anxious to find a powerful, new phone, laptop, or desktop computer - which are usually very expensive. Zuckerberg has said that he wants to get 1 billion people into VR and the Oculus Go looks like a strong start towards that goal.