The Oculus Rift had the gaming industry excited for virtual reality ever since the successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Fast forward to today and the Oculus Rift offers one of the most immersive experiences possible. Of course, the impressive VR device could have been a bigger hit if it wasn’t for its demanding system requirements and hefty price.
According to Time, Facebook has learned from the Oculus Rift and is preparing a more affordable VR headset. The project is code-named “Pacific” and will be unveiled in 2017 before its launch sometime in 2018. Unlike Samsung and Google’s lightweight VR headsets, the Pacific will work independently of a computer or phone. The interface will also be based on the Samsung Gear VR and use a wireless remote.
While this new headset will offer a more powerful gaming experience, it will lack the Oculus Rift’s positional tracking technology. Instead, a separate cord-free VR viewer currently nicknamed “Santa Cruz” will feature inside-out tracking technology that uses embedded cameras to detect positioning and space.
The VR market has been heating up, especially after Samsung’s Gear VR arrived to become the most popular on the market— more than the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Here’s hoping Facebook’s Pacific gives gamers a VR option that doesn’t require several hundred dollars and a powerful computer to enjoy.