Facebook has unveiled a new Virtual Reality headset, the Oculus Go, a stand alone headset that doesn’t require an expensive computer or a smartphone for it to be plugged into.
Despite Facebook investing huge sums of money in VR over recent years, and predictions that billions of people would soon be using the service to communicate online as well as for video games, its previous Oculus headsets sales have been a lot slower than expected.
Zuckerberg has perviously stated that “Some people say VR is isolating and antisocial”, although he thinks it is quite the opposite, could this, a long with the high prices of the existing VR technology, be the reason that it has not taken off quite how he imagined?
With a new focus on affordability and quality, the company have revealed that the Oculus Go will go on sale early next year at a cheaper price of $199 (£150). This is a pretty big drop from the Oculus Rift, which originally sold for $599 (£450).
The new headset has been said by Zuckerberg to be the perfect middle ground between high-end headsets that require users to invest thousands in PCs and accessories, and those of a much cheaper price but whose performances pale in comparison.
As the headsets become cheaper to purchase yet their quality remains of a high standard, it is predicted that sales will increase from 13.5m this year to 61.2m in 2021.
Virtual Reality is currently widely used by video gamers, but Facebook are on a mission to make it the next major computing technology, with a commitment to VR as the next big communications platform. Although it is still very early days, their main focus right now is to broaden the user base and audience in order to get people to at least just experience VR, something they are hoping the Oculus Go will encourage to happen.