Following the news that Oculus is apparently set to release a standalone virtual reality headset codenamed Pacific for $200 (about £150, AU$260) in 2018, a new report claims the Facebook-backed VR giant actually has plans for multiple standalone headsets.
According to Ars Technica, the company is exploring various options for a ‘spectrum’ of standalone headsets in the future.
By standalone, Oculus means products which don’t need to be hooked up to a PC or smartphone, because they’ll have their own built-in processor (a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip is what powers the Pacific).
This obviously adds more weight to the prospect of seeing a Pacific headset next year, and indeed Oculus mentioned that it’s working on standalone devices which fully support positional tracking (something Pacific doesn’t do, and that’s its major limitation).
Presumably, the firm was referencing its Santa Cruz offering there, a headset with full motion tracking which is currently well underway with prototyping.
Given the use of the word ‘spectrum’, it’s seemingly the case that there are more planned headsets in the pipeline than the aforementioned two.