Facebook Plans a $200 Wireless Oculus VR Headset


Facebook is taking another stab at turning its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into a mass-market phenomenon. Later this year, the company plans to unveil a cheaper, wireless device that the company is betting will popularize VR the way Apple did the smartphone.

VR hardware currently comes in two flavors: cheap headsets that turn smartphones into virtual reality players, like Samsung’s $130 Gear VR, and high-end gaming rigs like Facebook’s $400 Oculus Rift that hook up to $1,000-plus desktop computers.

Facebook’s new headset is designed to bridge the gap — a device that will sell for as little as $200 and need not be tethered to a PC or phone, according to people familiar with its development. It will ship next year and, if Facebook has its way, represent an entirely new category.

Facebook is taking another stab at turning its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into a mass-market phenomenon. Later this year, the company plans to unveil a cheaper, wireless device that the company is betting will popularize VR the way Apple did the smartphone.

VR hardware currently comes in two flavors: cheap headsets that turn smartphones into virtual reality players, like Samsung’s $130 Gear VR, and high-end gaming rigs like Facebook’s $400 Oculus Rift that hook up to $1,000-plus desktop computers.

Facebook’s new headset is designed to bridge the gap — a device that will sell for as little as $200 and need not be tethered to a PC or phone, according to people familiar with its development. It will ship next year and, if Facebook has its way, represent an entirely new category.

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