During CES 2018, VR has been a big focus of the trade show. We’ve seen a company called Merge announce kid-focused headsets to HTC updating the Vive with their new Pro model. Now, its time for Oculus to make some waves in the industry. The company took the stage at Qualcomm’s CES 2018 press conference to announce the Oculus Go, the company’s first standalone VR headset. What’s interesting here is that the headset was originally built by Xiaomi, dubbed the Mi VR Standalone – which will be launching exclusively in China later this year.
Hugo Barra, who leads the VR team on Facebook, announced the Oculus Go. The device was originally announced late last year, but details about the device were slim. Now that we know that the device is made by Xiaomi, it will feature Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform.
As the term standalone infers, the headset does not need to be connected to a phone or PC to function. If people are worried about performance, the Snapdragon 821 should be powerful enough for the device to run visually-intense titles.
Oculus was light on the availability of the Go headset, the device did pass the FCC’s regulations table recently, so an official launch could be just around the corner. That being said, the device will retail for $199 when it goes on sale.
When looking at the Mi VR standalone, it features the same processor as the Oculus Go, while also sharing a similar design. Xiaomi’s version supports Oculus’ Mobile SDK, which will allow Oculus developers to port their content over to the Mi VR platform. Additionally, Xiaomi is working on bringing popular Oculus content over to its users in China.