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12 October, 2017 05:29:14 PM
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Facebook launches standalone 'Oculus VR' headset

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Facebook launches standalone 'Oculus VR' headset
Facebook Inc plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday. AFP File Photo

Facebook has unveiled a virtual reality headset that will work without needing an expensive computer, a move designed to kickstart the nascent technology’s slow start.

Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, mounted a staunch defence of the company’s bet on virtual reality (VR), and pledged that it would become a service used by billions in the coming years.

Facebook has invested huge sums in VR in recent years and the social network predicts it will become the next big leap in how people communicate online. But sales of its Oculus headsets have been slower than many expected.“A lot of the most important tech don’t start off mainstream,” Zuckerberg said. “Some people say VR is isolating and antisocial, I actually think it’s the opposite.”

However, he admitted that the high price of existing technology had held back Facebook’s aim of having 1bn people using VR.  “If we’re going to get a billion people in virtual reality we have to focus on affordability and quality,” he said.

Last (WEDS) night, the company unveiled a standalone headset called the Oculus Go that will cost $199 (£150) and work without needing to connect to a computer or smartphone and go on sale early next year.

Zuckerberg said the device would be a “sweet spot” between high-end but bulky headsets that require users to invest thousands in PCs and accessories, and cheaper ones, which plug into smartphones but whose performance pale in comparison.

According to IDC, sales of virtual reality headsets grew by 25.5pc to 2.1m in the second quarter of the year, with Facebook selling just under 250,000 headsets. However, the analysts predict that headset sales will pick up as they become cheaper and more powerful, growing from 13.5m this year to 61.2m in 2021.

Facebook also cut the cost of its existing Oculus Rift headset, whose high price had been criticised for making the technology inaccessible. 

Today, virtual reality is largely used by video gamers, but Facebook, along with Microsoft and Google, is betting on it becoming the next major computing technology. Earlier this year, the company started testing a virtual reality version of its social network that lets users talk in real time.“Facebook's commitment to VR as the next big communications platform is clear but it's still very early days. Focus is firmly on broadening the user base and audience,” said Geoff Blaber at CCS Insight.

“Facebook is betting on hardware pricing to broaden VR appeal. $199 for the new standalone headset and $399 for the Oculus Rift bundle is punchy but it's still a tough sell. Getting consumers to just experience VR is the first hurdle.”

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