The VR specialist Oculus, meanwhile belonging to Facebook, had last year announced with the “Oculus Go” a self-sufficient VR glasses, which can be used without a PC or a smartphone. Just in time for the CES, there is now more detailed information about the Oculus Go. It has now been officially announced that Facebook and Xiaomi have entered into a cooperation for this product. Specifically, Xiaomi will take care of the production of the Oculus Go and distribute it in China under its own roof (Facebook is banned in China).
Responsible for the deal is likely to be the former Xiaomi Global President Hugo Barra, who is now vice president of the Facebook VR department. Barras task was also to introduce the cooperation and the Oculus Go. The Oculus Go will be based on a Snapdragon 821 processor and will be released in two versions. The global version (Oculus Go) will provide access to the Oculus SDK and ecosystem. The China version, which is called “Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone “, is technically independent and works with the Xiaomi’s own Mi VR SDK – but the hardware is identical. The Oculus Go and the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone have a 2k display. For control, an enclosed controller is used.
Concrete details on the date of availability have not yet been announced. There is only talk of 2018 and a price of 200 US dollars. This information was already given in October 2017 price.