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Oculus Go devkit leak shows strong app support

The Oculus Go devkit has made an appearance in the wild. (Source: Reddit)
The Oculus Go devkit has made an appearance in the wild. (Source: Reddit)
Facebook-owned Oculus is getting closer to the launch of its new standalone Oculus Go headset as the leak of its devkit highlights. Also revealed is that the device will have a rich selection of over 1000 apps when it launches early this year.

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.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-02- 5 (Update: 2018-02- 5)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.