Oculus + Touch bundle gets permanent price cut

Facebook's Oculus cuts price of virtual reality set

VR industry players are still trying to find the right balance to make the technology more broadly attractive to consumers - the next target appears to be affordable, standalone units, and it'll be interesting to see how the Oculus approach compares to Google's plans for dedicated Daydream headsets. The new headset will be powered by a single Snapdragon mobile chip.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Oculus said that while no product unveilings are currently scheduled, the company is making "several significant technology investments in the standalone VR category".

Earlier this week, Oculus temporarily slashed the price of the Oculus + Touch bundle to $399, and now the company has pledged to introduce a permanent price cut after the six-week offer has ended.

This new headset will also cater towards immersive gaming, social networking and everything that its predecessor did.

Facebook is planning to launch a standalone wireless Oculus VR device in 2018. It can also be controlled by a wireless remote.

Facebook is once again hoping to bring virtual reality into the mainstream. The new headset, codenamed "Pacific", is expected to be announced at the end of 2017 for only $US200 ($259).

The news comes following reports that Samsung might be looking to do take their VR venture down a similar avenue. We recently reported on Samsung's upcoming Odyssey VR headset, which will feature an ultra high-resolution display, and will not need a snap in the smartphone to function.

Facebook Spaces is a virtual reality playroom and chatroom in one, a hangout app that lets multiple people wearing Oculus Rift VR headsets interact in the same virtual space. The company is rumored to unveil a $200 standalone headset later this year. The pitch is that users, for instance, will be able to pop it on when on a flight and watch movies. The device reportedly bears the code-name "Pacific".

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