Respawn and Oculus team up for 'super secret' VR game

Leigh Mccormick
October 15, 2017

Overnight he pulled the wraps off a new VR headset - the Oculus GO - that he's banking on being the device to begin the march towards that lofty goal. That's the Oculus Go headset. The headset is more expensive than Gear VR and the Google Daydream View (2017), but it's half as much as Oculus Rift.

Oculus Go dev kits will begin shipping in November 2017, the company says.

Unlike the Rift, the untethered nature of the Go means that it won't have the full tracking capabilities, but that can be a benefit as well since not everyone has a dedicated location they can leverage VR. You also don't need a phone, like you do with the Samsung Gear VR.

It certainly makes the sheer cost of investing in high-end VR a lot more palatable to the wallet, but Facebook has yet to confirm whether this price slash will make to either the United Kingdom or Australian markets.

"We want to get a billion people in virtual reality", Zuckerberg said. No word yet on price as its still early days, but expect something close to the hefty $599/£599 of the original Rift.

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Aside from the obvious advantage of not having a tether, one area where, on paper, Go stands out from Rift is in its screen tech. The display is a fast-switch LCD screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, and it comes with integrated headphones. And he's even warned that early hype for VR was getting overblown.

We didn't get any of the technical specs, so we don't know exactly how the Oculus Go will work.

The tech world will be watching to see if the Oculus Go can become the next smash hit like the iPhone ... or if VR is a flash in the pan like 3D TVs. The device features same lenses as on the Rift and is bundled with a small controller that is similar to one available for Gear VR.

The new headset is made of a new breathable cloth, for improved comfort, and the Go can be used with glasses. The new headset was shown off with updated controllers, fittingly dubbed the Santa Cruz controllers.

For anyone thinking of investing in VR just for the new Respawn game, you should hold your virtual horses - there's bound to be newer versions of the headset by the time the game is released in 2019.

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