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Xiaomi, Oculus announce new Mi VR headset at CES 2018

Xiaomi, Oculus announce new Mi VR headset at CES 2018

Facebook has today announced its partnerships with Xiaomi and Qualcomm to build the next generation of VR products for the masses at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018. Design-wise, it's basically a carbon-copy of the Oculus Go, a $199 headset set to hit stores this year that can be used to play games without tethering to either a smartphone or a PC.

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. It also revealed that the Oculus Go headset would support all the applications and games on the Gear VR platform. They are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform, and free from external cables, sensors, and slide-in smartphones. "We've worked very closely with Qualcomm to make sure we have the ideal combination of high performance and power efficiency". Facebook's services are censored in China but it needs the market to achieve its "1 billion people using VR" target. Oculus Go apps will be binary compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, which was also created by Oculus. Xiaomi is also rolling out a standalone VR headset of its own - dubbed the Mi VR Standalone - that will be launching exclusively in China later this year. According to Oculus' announcement, there will be two headsets: the Oculus Go, which is a standalone VR headset and Xiaomi is the hardware partner for this.

As it's a standalone headset, it will also work without a PC or a smartphone.

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Xiaomi, Oculus announce new Mi VR headset at CES 2018

Some of you may ask why Oculus doesn't simply release the Go in China.

The Oculus Go, which is a stripped-down version of the company's high-end Oculus Rift, was announced back in October 2017. This will allow developers easily port their content to the Mi VR store for the Chinese market.

The Oculus Go will be super lightweight, with high-resolution fast-switch LCD screens and built-in speakers for integrated spatial audio. Hugo Bara, CEO of Oculus, didn't have anything more to say about the release date, but he said we could expect more details soon.





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