Oculus VR to expand into handheld virtual-reality hardware

18 Jul 2014

Not content with just creating the Oculus Rift headset, Oculus VR is now looking to expand into motion-sense handheld hardware, as well what it’s calling a “more immersive experience”.

The company has been able to expand its targets and hardware following its acquisition by Facebook last March for US$2bn. Now, according to CNet, Oculus VR is having to react to increased competition from other companies looking to create their own motion-sense handheld devices to work in tandem with VR headwear.

As Oculus VR hasn’t publically revealed the handheld hardware, the specifications and appearance are rather limited. The company itself has been quiet on the VR headset’s official launch, despite being showcased at events and online for a number of years now.

Oculus VR does, however, sell headsets to developers to work with the VR technology for US$350 each. The company also recently announced its own developer conference, Oculus Connect, to take place this September in what is arguably the first major VR conference of its kind.

The question remains, however, over whether the Oculus Rift can sell significant numbers on the market, especially given the increasing number of start-ups developing their own technology. Google, for example, recently showcased its DIY VR headset, Google Cardboard, which can be assembled for less than €40 with the help of a smartphone.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic