Oculus Reportedly Working on $200 Standalone Headset

Oculus Reportedly Working on $200 Standalone Headset

According to people close to the development of the device, it will ship next year and will represent a bridge between the high end headsets like the Rift and the budget models like the Gear. That includes continued investment in standalone headsets that have "six degree of freedom" full motion tracking akin to the Santa Cruz prototype shown at last year's Oculus Connect conference.

The product, code-named Pacific, is supposed to be a more compact version of the Rift and is lighter than Samsung's Gear VR, according to the Bloomberg report.

Facebook's upcoming VR headset is expected to sell for as little as $200 without the requirement of tethering it to pricy computers or smartphones to operate, Bloomberg reported. The apparent reason why Facebook is working towards manufacturing a cheaper VR headset is to make it a mass phenomenon. However, the design and features for Facebook's new VR headset hasn't been finalized yet.

Apparently, it is being developed under the codename 'Pacific'. Well, targeting the cost factor is definitely bang-on to start with. Oculus has now decided that once the sale finishes there should be a permanent price cut to their VR system. Facebook is thought to have chosen a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to power it, but won't be including positional tracking. Now, the Pacific headset just might be the device that brings the original pioneers of the VR headset back to the top. It can also be controlled by a wireless remote. A new standalone VR headset with a $200 price tag seems to be the sweet spot.

By October, Facebook is planning to begin briefing video game designers and developers so plenty of titles will be available at launch.

One more setback for Oculus is the lawsuit in which Oculus was given a $500 million judgment.

The latest Oculus rumor comes as competition in the VR space is accelerating, with companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and HTC all vying to dominate the field.