Oculus Rift + Touch bundle cut down to $400 permanently

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Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset coming in early 2018 for just $199

Whether this will be an outstanding footnote in tech industry history or another damp squib among the many "awesome" saccharine-filled features, experiences and apps to emerge from Silicon Valley conference halls lately remains to be seen. I know people who own the PlayStation VR.

Facebook paid $2 billion for Oculus in 2014, and although sales figures have not been released, many analysts believe the headset is lagging behind similar offerings from HTC and Sony. Oculus Go is the name of the headset, and will cost just $199 per purchase.

Indeed, you have to hand it to Zuckerberg after an ignominious start to the week where a crass, cringe-worthy VR tour of hurricane-whacked Puerto Rico invited a lot of criticism over poor taste.

Smartphones are now verging on necessary, whether for work or play, but VR lacks compelling reasons to adopt it outside of a gaming room at home or as a memorable Christmas present. Before you needed a computer that had at least $1,000 in parts to run virtual reality software, but now you can buy pre-built systems for less than $600.

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In the United Kingdom, some hospices caring for end-of-life patients with terminal illnesses are experimenting with VR headsets to transport their patients back to familiar areas and give them relief from the walls of healthcare units, and in a recent interview, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said the technology may also one day be applied to air travel, "because it's way better than the back-of-the-seat monitor or my phone". Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra in his own words, describes it as "hands-down the easiest way to get people into VR", per Variety. Indeed, the social network giant is impressing the design and comfort of the device with its soft leather and fabric features. And it has a higher resolution screen than the rift – 2,560 x 1,440px (single panel) vs. 2,160 x 1,200px (split between two panels). However, if you want, to listen to the audio privately, you can do that by connecting your earphones or headphones using the 3.5mm audio port on the Oculus Go.

Oculus also revealed information about another next-generation standalone VR hardware product, with the codename "Santa Cruz".

Oculus also shared the recent updates to Project Santa Cruz, which is a standalone VR headset the company showed off past year. It showed off two positionally tracked controllers, with infrared LEDs, that will work with the inside-out tracking on the headset.

Today at Facebook and Oculus' event, Oculus Connect, it was announced that the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle would be permanently slashed down to an impressive $399. Virtual reality has shaken the industry and is starting to bleed over into others with its accessibility and technological advancements. "I actually think it's the opposite", Zuckerberg said.

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