Recently, Facebook hosted an annual event for its virtual reality division, Oculus. It’s usually never a surprise when the social media giant makes headlines, but this time, it might have caught a few people off guard. Of course, virtual reality has been a hot topic in the tech industry for a few years now. As it continues to grow, companies keep trying to find new ways to make their devices more user-friendly and cheaper for consumers. At the same time, they are trying to find new ways to implement VR into our everyday lives. Facebook may have found a way to do all three with one product, the Oculus Go.
Oculus Go Headset
The Oculus Go VR headset was announced at the Oculus Connect event last Wednesday, October 11. There are two important elements that were introduced as a part of the Oculus Go release. First, the incredibly low cost of $200 has the tech world in a craze, considering most VR headsets sell for north of $300 with some going for as much as $500. The second and most compelling aspect of the new Oculus Go is the fact that it does not require any additional equipment to use. It does not require any hook ups or even a smartphone to run, which creates a perfect transition for Facebook’s ultimate goal, virtual reality for business.
VR For Business
For those of you that spend all day sitting at a desk and working on a computer, Facebook is working diligently to improve your work life. The company’s Oculus Dash software aims to transform the traditional desk setup into a virtual dashboard. The navigation bar will be projected as a floating animation at waist level, where you can then project it onto your desk, in order to navigate through apps, files, and programs. Once an app or program is selected, you can type and navigate throughout the screen without a keyboard or mouse. The entire package would cost $900 and will include the headset, three room sensors, Oculus Touch controllers, an Oculus remote, and three Rift fits.