Oculus is most known for the Rift VR headset that has been around for awhile now. Last we spoke of that headset was a few days back when the summer sale kicked off shaving about $200 off the headset and motion controller bundle. Word is now making the rounds that Oculus is preparing to launch a new wireless standalone VR headset in 2018.
The rumor claims that the headset will cost $200 and won’t need a PC or smartphone to be tethered to it. The headset will reportedly go on sale in China as well, but in that country it will use Xiaomi branding and run Xiaomi software as well.
Facebook owns Oculus and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has talked in the past about a halfway point between entry-level smartphone holding VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and high-end headsets that require a PC like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
The new Oculus headset doesn’t have an official name just yet, word is it s being developed under the codename Pacific. It is said to look like the Rift, but it is lighter than the Samsung Gear VR headset available now. The new headset uses a Snapdragon mobile processor with improved graphics compared to the Gear VR. Pacific is said to lack any positional tracking according to TechCrunch.