Enlarge / Oculus’ Santa Cruz prototype, shown off at Oculus Connect last year, gives some idea of what a standalone wireless headset from the company could look like. (credit: Oculus)
Oculus is working on a $200 standalone headset that will serve as a bridge between the mobile-phone-based VR holsters like Samsung’s Gear VR and PC-tethered high-end VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

According to the report, the headset, codenamed Pacific, is set to launch in 2018 and will be shown to developers in October, which is when Oculus holds its annual Connect conference.
Bloomberg cites “people familiar with its development” in reporting that the Pacific headset will be powered by a mobile Snapdragon processor and be “more powerful” than the mobile-phone-based Gear VR.

The standalone device “resembles a more compact version of the Rift and will be lighter than Samsung’s Gear VR headset,” according to the report.

The latest Gear VR weighs just 11.4 ounces, though the Samsung phones used to power the display and tracking add a few more ounces to the weight.
Much like the Gear VR, the Pacific headset will only track the directions users are looking, and it won’t track the user’s motion through space.

A “future version” will include that full tracking capability, according to the report. Hand-tracking won’t be built-in on the unit either, according to the report, with a Gear VR-style tilt-sensitive Remote used for interactions.
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