Oculus Could Release a Wireless VR Headset Next Year

Oculus Could Release a Wireless VR Headset Next Year

It would be cheaper than the Rift, but more powerful than the Gear.

Facebook is readying a new Oculus virtual reality headset that will occupy a middleground between the high-end, PC VR headsets, and the cheaper, mobile phone VR headsets according to a new report.

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According to Bloomberg the new Oculus VR headset will be unveiled later this year, and will be a completely wireless device with its own screen. That means you won't have to attach your smartphone like the Samsung Gear VR. The report suggests that this new VR device will do for virtual reality the way Apple popularized the smartphone.

The new Oculus device will focus on core VR functions like gaming, media playback, and social networking (which emerged partially as a result of Facebook's purchase of Oculus back in 2014 for $2 billion).

The report also suggests that the new Oculus' price will reflect its middleground placement. The Oculus Rift currently priced at $400 (along with the cost of a high end PC) and the Gear VR priced at around $130 (along with the cost of a recent generation Samsung smartphone). This new device could be sold for a halfway price of $200 with no need to purchase an additional computing device.

If true, this would be a big boost for VR which has shared the news cycle with AR (augmented reality) after a much hyped 2016 when VR was still breaching into the mainstream.

Then again, perhaps Oculus could also rely on the sale of Adult VR games which have seen a huge increase in sales after the Oculus Rift price drop.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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