Facebook could be heading for an ‘iPhone movement’ if a Bloomberg report claiming the company plans a relatively cheap, wireless VR headset for 2018 are true.
The report claims that Facebook and its VR branch Oculus are betting that the new headset will popularise VR in the mind of consumers, like the iPhone heralded the smartphone age.
The plans are for the headset to retail at around $200.
If the claims are true, the new headset seems to be an attempt to bridge the gap between the cheaper, smartphone based players and the high-end gaming rigs.
Significantly, the headset will not need to be tethered to a PC or smartphone.
The project is said to be code-named ‘Pacific’. The report states that the main idea for the project is that someone should be able to carry the headset in their bag, and use it to access content in much the same ways as a phone or tablet.
Oculus acquires InfiniLED
In potentially related news, Oculus has acquired Ireland-based technology company InfiniLED.
The company is a spin-off of the Tyndall National Institute and University College Cork, and develops LED light-source modules. These modules are based on its patented uLED technology.
The company, which was established in 2010, could potentially help Oculus use 20 – 40 times less power than it currently does with its exiting LED or LED displays.
The race to bring an affordable, wireless VR headset to market is likely to be the next significant development of the VR market. HTC announced earlier this year that it is building a headset based on Google’s Daydream platform, while Samsung is also reportedly working on an offering codenamed ‘Odyssey’.