Fb will cease promoting Oculus Go this 12 months as the corporate sharpens its give attention to absolutely positionally tracked VR headsets like Oculus Quest.
Oculus Go entered the market in 2018 as Fb’s first standalone VR headset. Priced at $199 and pitched as a media viewer, Go transitioned VR builders supporting Fb’s merchandise from the sooner Gear VR phone-powered headsets to the extra strong (and costlier) Oculus Quest which began delivery in 2019.
Ending The 3DOF Period
Whereas Oculus Go mixed the advantages of standalone VR with one of many lowest costs for an all-in system we’ve ever seen — dropping to $149 this 12 months earlier than its retirement — the headset additionally severely restricted enter choices and will solely monitor the rotation of your head, aka 3DOF. Each Oculus Quest and the PC-powered Rift absolutely monitor head place, aka 6DOF. Whereas Quest sells for $399 and is heavier than Go, the addition of 6DOF monitoring for each head and hand motion is a substantial improve for each consolation and total expertise. The characteristic is critical to play VR’s hottest titles, together with these from Beat Video games, Sanzaru Video games and Prepared At Daybreak — the primary three VR-focused sport studios Fb acquired over the previous few months.
“You’ve informed us loud and clear that 6DOF appears like the way forward for VR,” a ready assertion from Fb explains. “That’s why we’re going all-in, and we received’t be delivery any extra 3DOF VR merchandise. We’ll finish gross sales of Oculus Go headsets this 12 months as we double down on enhancing our choices for Quest and Rift.”
Fb eliminated Go from its enterprise program in January and an editorial we revealed final month recommended Fb’s subsequent Quest ought to attempt to mix the decrease weight of Go along with the characteristic set of Quest and the visuals of a high-end Rift. Late final 12 months, Fb retired its Rooms social service for Go whereas solely asserting assist for its upcoming Horizon social networking service on the Rift and Quest.
With the newest affirmation as we speak, Fb says it’s going to cease accepting new Oculus Go apps and app updates for its retailer on December four, 2020, and received’t add any extra new apps to the shop after December 18, 2020.
“When you personal an Oculus Go headset, you’ll nonetheless be capable to use it even after gross sales of Oculus Go finish. We’ll additionally proceed to take care of the system software program with bug fixes and safety patches by 2022,” a press release from Fb explains.
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