Facebook Inc., whose social network is banned in China, is entering the market through its virtual reality unit.
Oculus is partnering with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi Technology Co. to make its new standalone virtual reality headset and also revealed that it will launch a version of the product exclusively for the Chinese market, Reuters reports.
Xiaomi will be its hardware partner for the new Oculus Go headset, announced last October, and will also make the China-specific “Mi VR Standalone” using Oculus technology, the US company said.
The Oculus Go is set to release in early 2018, starting at a price of US$199.
According to CNBC, standalone headsets don’t need to be attached to a PC or smartphone to work, unlike other VR devices.
Xiaomi was the world’s fifth-largest maker of smartphones in the third quarter of 2017, CNBC said, citing a report from market researcher IDC.
Oculus, which Facebook acquired in 2014, also said it is working closely with Qualcomm Inc. and will use the company’s Snapdragon 821 chipsets to power the mobile VR headsets, Reuters said.
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