Facebook reportedly plans to release $200 Oculus VR headset in 2018

Facebook reportedly plans to release $200 Oculus VR headset in 2018

Oculus Rift can not be called as a great success according to the various emerging sales data, and according to Superdata, continuous price cuts applied to the device could not profit, but rather to show a lack of confidence by the company and, in addition, it may lead potential buyers to question the reason for these constant price cut.

"We don't have a product to unveil at this time, however we can confirm that we're making several significant technology investments in the standalone VR category". According to Bloomberg, it sounds as though the new headset, codenamed "Pacific", will be a more compact version of the Oculus Rift, lighter than even Gear VR. It will work without being tethered to a phone or PC. The app store will also be accessible through the VR user interface, as well. This indicates that it's likely the tech giant plans to reveal the standalone virtual reality headset at Connect. It will be standalone, and powered by a Qualcomm chip, with its power put somewhere between Gear and Rift. That means the headset won't be able to detect the user's real-world whereabouts in relation to the device.

If Facebook manages to produce a cheap and decent-quality VR headset that doesn't require a smartphone or computer, it might gain a competitive advantage over all the other companies that are making VR headsets.

"By constantly cutting the device's price, consumers are left with an unfavourable perception of the headset".

Facebook previously announced that it was working on a high-end standalone headset with capabilities similar to that of the Rift, which at the time was code-named "Santa Cruz". A later version of Oculus' new hardware will offer tracking, it is claimed.

"Facebook Live is already one of the most immediate and interactive ways to share moments with friends", says Mike Booth, Head of Product Management, Facebook Spaces.

But then summer came, and a hot new promotion was unveiled, letting you save an additional $200 on the immersive gadget + accessories combo.