【加码虚拟现实 Facebook推出平价VR头盔】

【加码虚拟现实 Facebook推出平价VR头盔】近日facebook宣布将于明年早期推出一款独立VR头盔Oculus Go,售价199美元。这款头盔采用了Oculus Rift的新一代镜头。它有一个特殊的内置显示屏,具有宽视角和清晰的图像。该设备将与扬声器一起出售——这意味着如果你将不需要耳机来使用Oculus Go。该设备支持Gear VR库的应用程序,并拥有独立的控制器。facebook指出,Oculus Go将填补移动VR头盔(不提供高级功能但价格亲民)和Oculus Rift等高级VR产品之间的空白。https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/11/facebooks-new-virtual-reality-strategy-self-reliance/

Facebook’s new virtual reality strategy: self-reliance

Facebook’s new virtual reality strategy: self-reliance
Today, Facebook’s VR ambitions looked inwards. The newly announced $199 Oculus Go headset and upcoming high-end “Santa Cruz” standalone will come with something past headsets haven’t: power buttons. By controlling the end-to-end experience, Facebook gets to tackle VR with a Cupertino-like approach to hardware that lets them avoid the headaches of Windows/Android and the OEMs that build for them. While the company’s past efforts have been intricately tied to the fractured smartphone and PC markets, Facebook made clear Wednesday that their future is wireless, uniform and all about their platform. Oculus Go will save Facebook from having to build complex partnerships with smartphone manufacturers that are 100x easier for Google to gain through Android anyway. Samsung is Oculus’s only friend when it comes to mobile VR, and this year the company put both of its flagship smartphones on Google Daydream, as well. This move could likely signal a future where Oculus moves away from smartphone mobile VR as they shift to building their own platforms and letting Google dominate VR on Android, which was a bit of an inevitability anyway. The high-end “Santa Cruz” headset doesn’t need Windows and will instead rely on onboard compute. Oculus was more than a little vague in how they portrayed the device, so I won’t assume too much, but there’s little doubt that the headset will be less powerful as a standalone than what the Rift can currently handle. That may end up disappointing die-hards, but subtle movements of the high-end market away from being tethered to a PC is going to do Facebook a lot of favors in terms of platform sustainability and leaving the early-adopter niche.
The thing is, there’s been this misconception that Valve or Samsung or Microsoft or Sony are Oculus’s competitors, when the fact is that their main competitor is irrelevancy. What’s important is that these moves isolate Facebook and Oculus from other tech giants getting cold feet in the race to build VR tech. With standalone headsets, Facebook can take its massive war chest and the billions of dollars it’s already pledged and put on its blinders, undercutting competitors’ prices and plugging ahead even if headset numbers fail to impress. Mark Zuckerberg seems unlikely to shift his assertion that VR is the future, and with that steadfastness, if there’s a market in VR, Facebook will likely be the one to realize it, both on the hardware side with Oculus and what Facebook has shown with software like Spaces. Facebook bought Oculus VR more than three years ago and the ride since has been pretty bumpy. Scandals, product delays, executive overhauls and expensive lawsuits have all partially defined the company’s VR ambitions thus far. What comes next is anyone’s guess, but for Facebook it will finally be their choice to make. 原文链接: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/11/facebooks-new-virtual-reality-strategy-self-reliance/

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