Mark Zuckerberg, on October 11, 2017 at the conference, Oculus Connect, in San Jose, California. — 20 MINUTES
From our correspondent in California,
Mark Zuckerberg on the defensive. After the main discomfort of his trip virtual to Puerto Rico, during which his avatar cartoon visited a devastated country, the boss of Facebook was provided at the conference, Oculus Connect, in San Jose on Wednesday : “virtual reality has the potential to make us feel empathy. We try to imagine the world of tomorrow as it could be. “
But while sales are not at the height of the hype, the leader has especially announced a reduction in price of the Rift and unveiled a helmet that will be launched in early 2018 at a price of 199 dollars. With a lens a little bit crazy : to reach one billion users. Facebook specify 20 Minutes as the Oculus Gb will also be available in France at the beginning of 2018, at an unknown price (probably between 199 and 249 euros).
Oculus Gb cut the cord
The easiest way to experience VR is here, with Oculus Go, an all-new standalone headset available early 2018. #OculusConnect pic.twitter.com/8DiAozlLHB
— Oculus (@oculus) October 11, 2017
Oculus Go, this is the missing link between virtual reality and mobile “light” of the Gear VR from Samsung and the ultra-immersive the Rift. With this headset all-in-one, no need of smartphone or PC. Without cable, the freedom is not yet complete. Oculus has not managed to integrate the tracking is positional, which allows you to track player movement in a room. To do this, it will have to wait for the output of the prototype Santa Cruz, who will be in the hands of developers by 2018.
It is the race between Facebook and Google, which has promised helmets of HTC and Lenovo wireless and with a tracking number for its virtual platform Daydream. But at 199 dollars, Oculus hits hard and Mark Zuckerberg account on the Go to make virtual reality a platform ” for the masses “.
The Oculus Rift to 449 euros
Just announced at OC4: Rift is $399 from here on out. Spread the word! https://t.co/zJeRksgLDu pic.twitter.com/ynS6RBKuwZ
— Oculus Rift (@OculusRift) October 11, 2017
After a promotion in the summer, the pack Rift + Touch goes way permanently to 449 euros compared to 900 euros (699 + 199 euros) at launch. In 18 months, so it is a price divided by two. Oculus responds to the announcement of Microsoft, with a half-dozen of headphones manufactured by Samsung, Dell and Lenovo, which are expected to arrive by the end of the year between 350 and 500 dollars. Remains to be seen if the public will respond to this or if it will reject the technology in the block, such as 3D tv three years ago.