A short time ago Qualcomm held its main CES 2018 press event. As part of the event, the company made a number of announcements relating to various different industries including a number of audio related ones. However, one of the less-expected announcements made was a joint announcement with Oculus and Xiaomi. As this announcement confirmed that Oculus Go is made by Xiaomi.
Oculus Go is a standalone VR Headset that was first announced by Oculus back in October of last year along with a confirmed price $199. As a result, this is a product which looks to offer consumers interested in getting involved with VR a solid option, that is affordable, and does not require the use of any additional devices or wires. However, it was not known at the time that Xiaomi is the manufacturer behind the device. Much in the same way that Samsung teamed up with Oculus as the hardware partner for the Gear VR, Xiaomi is doing the same with Oculus with its Go unit. Furthermore, this is not the only Xiaomi-branded VR headset being readied for release with Oculus. As the announcement also explained that the two companies will be releasing a ‘Mi VR Standalone’ headset as well. Although on the face of it, the latter seems to be a China-specific version of the former with the announcement noting how the Mi VR Standalone adopts “the same core hardware features and design” as the Oculus Go.
Where Qualcomm comes into the mix is through the Snapdragon 821. As today’s announcement also looked to confirm that both the Oculus Go and the Mi VR Standalone headsets draw their standalone power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform. This was, however, the extent to the ‘update announcement’ as details on the availability of either the Oculus Go or the Mi VR Standalone were not provided. For reference, and based on the previous October announcement, Oculus Go was stated to start shipping out in ‘early 2018.’ Providing the same time-frame is still on track then it stands to reason another update announcement will likely come through in the coming weeks/months, or of course - during MWC 2018.