Oculus Go devkit leak shows strong app support
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A developer kit for the forthcoming Oculus Go has surfaced revealing that it will launch with plenty of apps. Almost certainly, part of the reason for this is Oculus’ partnership with Samsung on its GearVR platform, which is good news for those interested in picking one up. According to the packaging (and even before developers specifically target the new Go platform), there will be over 1000 apps when it reaches customers in “early 2018.”
The Oculus Go is an attempt by the Facebook-owned company to create a standalone product that gives users an authentic VR experience without the high entry price, and without the inconvenience of putting on relatively bulky headsets like the company’s own Rift, which is also tethered by cords. The Go uses smartphone-based components like a mobile CPU and GPU to power the experience, but without the need to plug in a smartphone.
The Oculus Go will cost just US$199 when it launches, which should go a long way to tempting users who have so far held of trying out VR, but want to get a sense of what the fuss is all about. No doubt, Oculus is also hoping that it will help encourage users to take the next step up to a more full-blown VR experience that the (US$449, plus PC) Rift offers.