According to a new report from Bloomberg, Facebook are taking bold new steps to ensure Oculus gains market share in the commercial VR space. According to the report they are working on an untethered device which will cost $200 and will aim to be more powerful than the Samsung Gear VR.
According to people close to the development of the device, it will ship next year and will represent a bridge between the high end headsets like the Rift and the budget models like the Gear. Code-named “Pacific”, the headset is rumoured to be powered by a Snapdragon mobile chip from Qualcomm and will have a similar interface to the Samsung Gear, controlled by a wireless remote.
The idea of the Pacific is to allow someone to reach into their bag pull the device out, put it on and start watching movies on a flight, just like you would a phone or tablet. Facebook has previously said it’s working on a prototype device, code-named Santa Cruz that’s basically a wireless Rift, with the full power of the original device without the need for a PC.
We’ll have to wait and see if these rumours are true but if they are then this is certainly a big step forward for the VR industry. Are mid-ranged, untethered headsets the future of VR? Sound of in the comments below.