CEO Mark Zuckerberg made clear Facebook is planning a standalone mobile VR headset capable of inside out position tracking.
“We’re working on this now,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s still early.”
Like Microsoft’s upcoming Scorpio Xbox console, the announcement from Zuckerberg gives developers a long-term view of what to expect from Oculus. We hope Oculus CTO John Carmack has more information to reveal about the system in his keynote on Friday.
“We have a demo,” Zuckerberg said. “But we don’t have a product yet.”
Inside out position tracking is one of the biggest problems yet to be solved in an inexpensive VR headset. With the technology, the headset knows where it is in a room without any external cameras or base stations needed. We’ve been asking Carmack about it for more than a year, and the issue to be solved is with the amount of power the approach consumes. Nobody wants a VR headset that only lasts a few minutes before needing to be recharged and that’s the challenge Carmack will face in bringing the technology to mobile devices.
Updates to come.