Oculus has made some interesting announcements today at its third annual developers conference. Since it’s a Facebook-owned company we weren’t surprised to see founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg kick off the proceedings. Zuck announced that Oculus is working on a mid-range standalone virtual reality headset which would eliminate the need for users to be tethered to a PC. It’s still early days and we haven’t been shown the headset in all its glory, but at least now we know it’s coming in the future.
Oculus has positioned this new VR product to offer an experience that’s between that of a full PC VR experience and what you can get with the Gear VR, which is a headset that it collaborated with Samsung on.
Zuck said that this product is currently in the prototype stage but did reveal that it’s going to offer a standalone VR experience without requiring a smartphone like the Gear VR. He also mentioned that it won’t be as pricey as an Oculus Rift.
It’s also designed to be portable so that users can easily carry it with them and take it wherever they’re going. Portability will be a key selling point for this product as it will enable users to enjoy a truly untethered VR experience.
He didn’t say what this product is going to be called, when it’s going to be shown off to the public, how much it’s going to cost and when we can expect to get our hands on it. We’ll have to keep waiting to find that out.