Oculus Working On Wireless Headset For VR's "Sweet Spot"

Oculus Working On Wireless Headset For VR's "Sweet Spot"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveal the project at Oculus Connect.

On the stage at the Oculus Connect press conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced another VR project in the works at Oculus VR. The new headset is intended to be the "sweet spot" between the mobile Samsung Gear VR headset and the premium, tethered Oculus Rift.

The teased prototype.

The wireless headset is "still early" according to Zuckerberg and works via inside-out positional tracking: there's an internal camera tracking the user's position in space. Zuckerberg said the inside-out tracking issue was "one of the toughest problems in computer science", but his teams are Facebook and Oculus are working on it.

"We're working on this," said Zuckerberg. "It's still early. We don't want to get your hopes up. We have a demo. We don't have a product yet. This is the kind of thing we believe will exist... a completely new category of virtual reality product."

Facebook is thinking of VR beyond just gaming and it's clear that a standalone headset is what's needed for virtual reality to become more mainstream. A headset that you can purchase and put on without requiring another device like a smartphone or PC is the promised land. If Facebook and Oculus can work the technology out and keep the price down, they'll have a VR platform that they'll own, without requiring any other company. The dream of a device like this is why Facebook spent $2 billion for Oculus.

Of course, this is all in the prototype phase and has no release date. There's a possibility that Facebook and Oculus won't be able to work things out completely. But Polygon's VR guru Ben Kuchera has tried the device out and so far... it works.

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