A $200 wireless VR set could be coming from Oculus in 2018

The Pacific will be more like Samsung's Gear VR, sans the requirement of a smartphone to operate. The company recently unveiled Facebook Spaces, a social VR product that is reportedly slated to include live virtual reality streams.

Bloomberg said that Facebook would unveil the device later this year. The device will work without being tethered to a smartphone or PC and that at that new price point popularize the Rift like Apple did the iPhone. However, if you are in plans to buy Oculus Rift VR Headset with Touch controller, there won't be a better time than now.

But for six weeks from Monday the cost has been discounted by a third to around [$515 or £400].

Currently Facebook Spaces users can send videos and snippets to friends via Messenger, so claiming that Live integration will help people connect with friends more is a tad peculiar. According to Bloomberg, it sounds as though the new headset, codenamed "Pacific", will be a more compact version of the Oculus Rift, lighter than even Gear VR. HTC announced its intentions to build a standalone VR device based on Google's Daydream platform earlier this year.

In a necessary evil of the rise of virtual reality, the market has become fairly fragmented with several startups aiming to offer affordable self-contained mobile headsets.

At Oculus's developer conference last year, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg described a "sweet spot" for a device that sits between the Gear VR and Rift.

Samsung is also working on standalone VR, with reported "Odyssey" branding.

Is Oculus working on a standalone headset? The main reason I haven't sprung for one is that one tangled cord or an overly excited head bob is likely to send my whole setup crashing to the floor. Its computer-connected Oculus Rift headset costs $400 and requires a complex setup and very powerful CPU to run smoothly.

The Oculus Rift is on sale right now for less than the PSVR. No phone will be necessary, however, has Pacific will have all of the necessary components built into the machine already.

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