Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new project is underway for a new Oculus VR device that would no longer require a smartphone or PC in order to run.
In Zuckerberg's live presentation during the annual Oculus Connect developer conference, the Facebook's CEO demonstrated an ongoing project inside Oculus that would serve as the future's leading VR device - a cheaper and portable VR headset that enables the user to experience virtual reality without the need for a smartphone or being tethered to a PC.
The Unnamed VR Headset Prototype
Zuckerberg has come up with yet another ingenious and futuristic device that would cater the need of all consumers for virtual reality experience. The headset prototype is thought to be a standalone device that can provide the efficiency and power of a PC VR with the portability of a mobile VR.
At the end of the video presentation, the VR prototype was shown to be similarly designed to the Oculus Rift with built-in earpods but without the requirement of a smartphone. This entails a cheaper "version" of the Rift but is expected to pack more power than the Gear VR.
— Oculus (@oculus) October 6, 2016
Competing against Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View
The presentation is widely criticized as a step by Oculus being pressured against the competing Google's Daydream or it could be a move that would mean that Oculus will make future VR headsets without the need for Samsung devices.
Regardless of which, it's pretty clear that Oculus is trying to target sensitive consumers that are looking for budget-friendly devices but still as powerful as something like the Samsung Gear VR.
All in all, it's still presumed that the Oculus Rift will still be in production along with other Oculus devices and that this standalone project is just to create a mainstream of VR headsets in the market.
For now, we're expecting for more updates regarding the headset prototype in the near future.