Facebook is looking to officially launch its Oculus Go standalone virtual reality (VR) headset at its f8 developer conference on May 1, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. The company first announced the device, which will sell for $199 and up, in October. At the time, company executives said that the headset would be available to consumers in early 2018.
Oculus Go is based on the same software as Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which means that it will out of the box offer access to thousands of VR games and 360-degree video experiences, including apps from Hulu, Netflix, and HBO. Unlike the Gear VR, it integrates a display and all of its computing power directly into the headset, doing away with the need to use a phone or PC for VR. Recent leaks suggest that the $199 version will come with 32 GB of on-board storage, with Facebook selling a 64 GB version for a higher price. However, unlike the company’s pricier Oculus Rift headset, Oculus Go doesn’t use any positional tracking technology. This means that users won’t be able to lean into any VR experience, making the device less immersive than the Rift.