Facebook’s Oculus, the VR company announced details about its partnership with Xiomi and Qualcomm Technologies which will launch its VR products to people worldwide.
Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra made a surprise announcement at CES’ Qualcomm’s press conference. Both the companies will jointly launch Oculus Go and announce Oculus technology-based Mi VR Standalone- a VR headset in China as part of a partnership with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi.
The Oculus Go and Xiaomi VR Standalone are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform. You don’t need a PC or smartphone to run the Oculus Go. It’s a standalone headset which includes everything you need to run VR games and applications. The Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone will use two different interfaces and SDKs that means the Xiaomi headset is going to run the Mi VR SDK and the Oculus Go is going to feature the Oculus Platform SDK.
By showing the two headsets on the big screen, Xiaomi’s VP of Mi Ecosystem and Head of Mi Lab Thomas Tang displayed the fact that both the devices are basically the same with two different logos.
“Oculus Go will be the most accessible standalone VR product in the market, at an incredibly affordable price,” Barra said. “We’ve worked very closely with Qualcomm to make sure we have the ideal combination of high performance and power efficiency,” Barra stated at the Qualcomm press conference.
Barra didn’t reveal further details about when the Oculus Go will come out, but previously Facebook has said it will arrive in 2018.