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Facebook's Oculus to partner with Xiaomi to build VR headsets

Facebook's Oculus to partner with Xiaomi to build VR headsets

The Oculus Go was first announced in October previous year and might cost $199 when it goes on sale in the next couple of months.

Unlike other VR devices, standalone headsets don't need to be attached to a PC or smartphone to work.

The collaboration goes further than hardware too, as Xiaomi and Oculus are working together to localize some of the most popular content in the Oculus Store for the Chinese market.

We all know Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are completely banned in China.

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Facebook will try to "get a billion people in virtual reality", by appealing to a company in the world's most populated country: China. The Oculus Go is slated for a release early this year for $199.

Details are hard to come by right now, but Xiaomi's headset packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, runs the company's in-house Mi VR platform, and supports Oculus's Mobile software development kit (SDK).

Qualcomm held its pre-CES 2018 press conference today and as part of the event brought virtual reality (VR) company Oculus on stage for a very special announcement. However, there is no information about the exact availability date or the pricing of both these standalone VR headsets.

There is also a high-end headset from Xiaomi called Mi VR Glasses. As of now, the Xiaomi Mi VR Glasses is only limited to the Chinese market. However, instead of living in the Oculus Store, VR content like games, apps and 360-degree videos will live in the Mi VR Store in China.