Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its Oculus Go standalone virtual reality (VR) headset at the company’s F8 developer conference this year. Rumors say that the VR headset is likely to make its debut at F8 in May, alongside Facebook’s promise of “the biggest AR / VR news from Facebook to date.”Oculus first unveiled its new standalone VR headset back in October, which will be priced at $199 once it ships. The Go is designed to be a standalone headset that will sit in-between the $129 Gear VR and the $499, without inside-out tracking or fully tracked motion controllers. The Oculus Go will be built by Xiaomi and has a Snapdragon 821 processor inside. Recent leaks suggest the base $199 model will include 32GB of storage, while a 64GB model will also be available at a higher price.
Oculus is also working on a headset codenamed Santa Cruz, which is a standalone prototype with tracking. HTC recently unveiled its Vive Pro, a higher-resolution version of the original Vive headset with built-in headphones and support for a wireless adapter. It’s a device that could complicate Oculus’ vision for standalone VR, especially as HTC is focusing on the high-end of the VR market. HTC has also unveiled its own all-in-one VR headset, the Vive Focus. HTC isn’t saying exactly when it will be available, but it should be the first standalone six-degrees-of-freedom VR headset on the market.