Virtual reality is about to receive a big boost with Oculus Go, the cheaper standalone VR headset.
But, that’s not the whole story as Xiaomi is building a new standalone Mi VR which will be exclusively launched in China soon.
During the CES 2018 press conference, it was officially confirmed that Xiaomi has partnered with Oculus and will be building the Go device on behalf of the company. With a massive brand name in the smartphone industry, Xiaomi is about to further expand their horizon by launching new products under the Mi brand name.
They have already launched battery packs, a Mi Router and will soon be launching a standalone Mi virtual reality headset. The device doesn’t require a smartphone or PC connected to it which is what makes it so popular among the general consume base. You can actually switch it, be anywhere in your house and start playing some great VR games.
In order to make it possible, the new standalone headset will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. While the 830 flagship processor series have already been launched, the manufacturer has gone with an older version of the chipset so as to keep the cost of the device as low as possible. Not so surprisingly, Snapdragon 821 processor will be used in the Oculus Go as well.
Mass manufacturing of the device will be handled by Xiaomi in their manufacturing plant and the company during the CES 2018 press conference confirmed that Oculus Go will be priced at $199. The Mi VR Standalone will also be priced similarly but being exclusive to China would make it difficult for people to import the product as often such products use Chinese as its default language and doesn’t use an interface in English.
It’s not only the specifications but the core features and the functionality of the Oculus Go and the Mi VR Standalone will be extremely similar. Good news is, the 821 flagship processor is a powerful SoC which is capable of handling many graphic intensive games on previous generation smartphones. It is safe to say that the chip will comfortably handle the most demanding VR titles without any difficulty on both these standalone headsets.
The $199 price tag will play a vital role and if they could provide an optimal virtual reality experience, the technology could finally take off and become a great way to watch movies, play games in an immersive manner.