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Oculus VR News | August 16, 2022

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Oculus is Working on a Standalone VR headset, codenamed 'Santa Cruz'

Oculus is Working on a Standalone VR headset, codenamed 'Santa Cruz'

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During the keynote presentation at Oculus Connect 3, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on stage that Oculus is working on a new, standalone virtual reality headset, which would eliminate the need for users to be tethered to a PC.

The new Oculus standalone VR headset codenamed ‘Santa Cruz’, is just a prototype at the moment, however, Oculus is looking ahead to offer consumers a VR experience that would provide a “sweet spot” between Samsung’s Gear VR, which requires a smartphone, and that of a high-end VR experience, like the Oculus Rift which requires to stay plugged to a PC.

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The new standalone VR headset will be capable of inside-out tracking and is designed to be high-quality with portability in mind, so you can take it anywhere, yet still maintain a price point that is affordable to consumers.

During his keynote speech, Zuckerberg emphasized to the audience that an Oculus standalone VR headset isn’t coming anytime soon, so it’s a product that could still be a few years away.

“It’s still early,” said Zuckerberg. “We have a demo, we don’t have a product yet, but this is the kind of thing we believe will exist when you combine the hardware innovation we’re doing with Oculus with and the kind of next-generation software experiences and breakthroughs we’re talking about for the next generation of AR.”

Stay tuned to OVRnews for more of the latest news and updates from Oculus Connect 3, as it develops.