Facebook has made a lot of progress, going from being a social media platform to being a cultural phenomenon; the for-profit corporation and social networking service has plans to create a new virtual reality headset.
Facebook is set to launch its own personal headset, Oculus Go, in 2018.
This is a stand-alone headset that will cost $199. The Oculus Go does not require a headphone, other wires or an external device to connect to, meaning anyone can buy this without any restrictions.
Hayley Tsukayama, a Washington Post reporter, wrote that, “The headset could go a long way toward helping Facebook get virtual reality into the hands of a ‘a billion people,’ – a time frame-free goal chief executive Mark Zuckerberg set Wednesday at a developers conference hosted by its VR company, Oculus.”
Zuckerberg admitted that creating this technology was a lengthy process, but also said that he hopes one billion people will be interested in vr.
“To get there, the company needs to create a premium, standalone VR device that offers free movement. It hasn’t managed that yet - the new Oculus Go should still be regarded as a budget VR experience,” explains David Lee from BBC News.
Although vr is a serious ambition for Facebook, HTC and Microsoft, the public is not enthralled. Virtual reality is expensive, and assembling it is a time-consuming process.
Prices of vr headsets continue to decrease, however, making these innovations more affordable for people.
“The Oculus Go is set to ship early next year. It will be able to use all the apps currently available for the Samsung Gear VR, the Samsung and Oculus headset that requires a smartphone to work,” Tsukayama reports.
Like the Gear VR, the Go is meant for a lighter vr experience.
It will include 360-degree viewing to short play sessions.
Facebook also revealed that they will install 360-degree video and Facebook Spaces, the network’s “social VR” space for Oculus — essentially an app made to combine the impressiveness of VR with all the benefits of Facebook.
Users can also design “3-D posts,” meaning that they can move their 3-D drawings onto the screen through Spaces.
The future of this technology is unclear. Zuckerberg acknowledged how people are against vr and argue that the experience is isolating. Vr is not a common product that people own, so Facebook must acknowledge the product’s high cost first.
To combat this, Zuckerberg said Facebook is working on making the hardware less expensive.
Facebook will create Oculus for Business, a plan that will provide firm bargains on hardware.
Facebook is also collaborating with game developer Respawn Entertainment, creator of “Titanfall,” to release a large-scale title in 2019.