In October, Facebook announced the Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset that doesn’t require a smartphone. Today, it announced the manufacturer.
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Oculus stated Tuesday at CES that Chinese company Xiaomi will be its hardware partner for the Oculus Go.
The two companies also jointly announced Mi VR Standalone, a standalone VR headset based on the Oculus Go that will be sold exclusively in China. (China has had a rocky relationship with Facebook, Oculus’ parent company, in recent years.)
The Oculus Go and the Mi VR Standalone
Mi VR Standalone supports the Oculus Mobile SDK (software development kit), so Oculus developers can easily migrate their content to Mi VR’s store. Xiaomi is also working with some Oculus developers to make sure the Oculus Store’s most popular content is available in the Mi VR store upon launch.
The two companies have also partnered with Qualcomm to address processing demands on their headsets. Both headsets are powered by the Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform. The Snapdragon 821 was Qualcomm’s first chip to support Google’s first Daydream platform, which was released in 2016.
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