Facebook's standalone virtual reality headset Oculus Go launches

Facebook-owned Oculus has released its first standalone virtual reality headset as it looks to make the technology more mobile and accessible.

The Oculus Go is the first high-end standalone virtual reality headset of its kind, with the display and computing power built directly into the headset.

Until now, virtual reality systems have required a wired connection to a PC or games console, or in the case of some more budget wireless devices use a smartphone slotted into the device to act as the screen.

The technology giant confirmed the launch of the much-anticipated headset at Facebook's annual developer conference, F8.

(Oculus/Facebook)
(Oculus/Facebook)

The £199 device includes a built-in LCD screen and integrated speakers on either side of the headset, and also comes with a wireless controller to help users navigate through the headset's interface.

Inside Oculus Go, users will be able to try out more than 1,000 apps and experiences, including VR games.

The new headset will also be home to new social experiences, including Oculus Venues, where users will be able to experience live concerts and events wherever they are.

(Oculus/Facebook)
(Oculus/Facebook)

The system also includes an updated version of Oculus Rooms, a virtual space where up to four friends can gather in virtual reality regardless of their location and spend time together - even watching television together on a giant virtual screen, known as Oculus TV, that is capable of playing content from services such as Netflix.

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