Global technology leader Xiaomi, and Oculus have announced that they have joined hands together. Actually they were working together to introduce two standalone VR headsets to market, Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone. Xiaomi Collaborates with Oculus to Launch the Next Generation of VR.
Both headsets aim to allow people to experience high-quality VR. Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform.
Xiaomi Collaborates with Oculus to Launch the Next Generation of VR
The Mi VR Standalone headset will be available in China exclusively. While Oculus Go, which was first announced at Oculus Connect in October 2017, will be now available in all over the world. This new standalone category of hardware is designed to bring more freedom and accessibility to VR. Standalone headsets represent an exciting new phase of VR hardware without the need for a cable, external sensors, or a dropped-in mobile phone.
Tang Mu, VP of Mi Ecosystem and head of Mi Lab, said:
“We are excited to work with Oculus on these standalone devices that exceed expectations in terms of performance at a very attractive price. Xiaomi has always relentlessly pursued the best user experience and price-to-performance ratio. For the best experience, we consider every minute detail. Through our collaboration with Oculus, we have integrated world-class technologies and craftsmanship to produce a VR standalone that lets people immerse themselves in another world without being connected to smartphones or computers.”
Hugo Barra, VP of VR at Facebook said:
“The standalone VR form factor represents the next significant phase of VR hardware development at Oculus,” said Hugo Barra, VP of VR at Facebook. “Through our partnership with Xiaomi, both Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone represent our first step in delivering that sweet spot between mobile and PC VR. These devices will be, hands down, the easiest way to get into VR.”
Both headsets come with same advanced technologies. They include a 2K high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen, next-generation lenses and integrated spatial audio. Other than these features, there is a vast content library of movies, 360° videos and interactive games available via the Mi VR Store.
The Oculus Go works without a PC, and there is no need of a smartphone either. It’s standalone headset can run VR games and applications. The Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone come with two different interfaces and SDKs. The Xiaomi headset is featured with the Mi VR SDK and the Oculus Go will run the Oculus Platform SDK Mi VR Standalone comes with spatial audio technology, which is developed by Oculus. Interestingly, the audio drivers are built directly into the headset which makes getting in and out of VR very faster. It makes the headset easy to share with others. However, for a private listening there is a 3.5mm headphone jack.