Facebook is going deep into virtual reality moving forward. The social media giant needs its Oculus subsidiary to succeed in this regard. Despite recently announcing the Oculus Go, it seems a new VR headset is already in development. This is rather positive news, although it remains to be seen if virtual reality can ever live up to the expectations.
Facebook Doubles Down on VR
One has to commend Facebook for going all-in on VR technology these days. The social media giant acquired Oculus in 2014 for the price of $3bn. Ever since, the firm continues to pour money into VR ventures in the hopes of making it go mainstream. So far, these efforts have not resulted in any major positive momentum just yet. That situation may still come to change, but for now, things don’t look all that promising.
Despite the lack of major successes, Facebook is still going full steam ahead. It seems a new VR headset is already in the works. That news is rather surprising, considering the Oculus Go unit was released not too long ago. This news doesn’t mean the company won’t continue to support this new unit, though. Instead, the company is already looking forward, which is something everyone can applaud.
While the Oculus Go is still a pretty interesting unit, it fails to convince the masses. This is partially due to compromising on the number of features being offered. It has no motion tracking, which is a big miss for a lot of VR enthusiasts. At the same time, it has a much lower price tag and requires no setup at all. Improving upon this model will not be easy, especially if this is the new price model Facebook wants to embrace.
Its newest project is known as Half Dome. With no release date and very few technical specifications being unveiled, it is a bit of a mystery as to what people can expect. Developing this new VR headset will eat up a lot of resources. Even so, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is confident it is the right move to make at this time. An interesting choice which may backfire in the near future.
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