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Xiaomi and Oculus join forces to launch two standalone VR headsets

The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone will be exclusive to China, while the Oculus Go will be available in the rest of the world.

Published onJanuary 9, 2018

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  • The Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone headsets have the same specs and features
  • Xiaomi’s headset will be exclusive to China, while Oculus’ will be available in the rest of the world
  • Both are standalone headsets, so they work without a PC or a smartphone

Xiaomi and Oculus have teamed up to launch two standalone VR headsets at CES: the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone and Oculus Go.

The Oculus Go isn’t actually new, as it was revealed at the Oculus Connect 4 developer conference back in October. But we now know that it will be manufactured by Xiaomi to be sold in Western markets. It’s a $199 device that’s powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset and sports an LCD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. It also features integrated speakers and has a 3.5 mm headphone jack on board.

Hands on with the Lenovo Smart Display

As it’s a standalone headset, it will also work without a PC or a smartphone.

The second headset, the Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone, is basically a rebranded version of the Oculus Go. It looks more or less identical and has the same specs and features. The only difference is that it’s is exclusive to China, where Xiaomi’s brand is much stronger than that of Oculus. No word on when it will be released.

Standalone headsets like the Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR look to be the future or VR. They offer an easy an relatively inexpensive way for people to immerse themselves in the world of virtual reality. A price tag of $199 is reasonable, especially when considering that Samsung’s Gear VR retails for $130 and is useless without a high-end smartphone like the Galaxy S8 or Note 8.

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