CES 2018: Xiaomi is partnering with Facebook for two new standlone VR headsets

Xiaomi unveiled the Mi VR alongside Facebook’s Oculus Go headset.
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Xiaomi unveiled the Mi VR alongside Facebook’s Oculus Go headset.
Xiaomi, the Chinese company that has been growing rapidly in the smartphone space, is working on a VR headset.

Xiaomi, the Chinese company that has been growing rapidly in the smartphone space, is working on a VR headset.

Xiaomi, the Chinese company that has been growing rapidly in the smartphone space, is working on a VR headset. It won’t be the company’s first, but this may be the most important one it’s ever made. Facebook’s Vice President of VR, Hugo Barra, made a surprise appearance at Qualcomm’s CES 2018 press conference. Barra announced Oculus Go, a standalone and cheaper VR headset.

The Oculus Go is priced at $199, while we’re yet to find out how much the Mi VR headset will cost. What will differ mainly is the interface used in the headsets.

First amongst the companies to pick up this model is Xiaomi, with its Mi VR headset. “Xiaomi is our hardware partner for launching Oculus Go globally. Oculus and Xiaomi are jointly announcing a new standalone VR product that is designed specifically for the Chinese market,” Barra said at the conference.

Both the Mi VR and Oculus Go headsets run on the Snapdragon 821 chi[set and can run without a PC or smartphone. The Oculus Go is priced at $199, while we’re yet to find out how much the Mi VR headset will cost. What will differ mainly is the interface used in the headsets. Oculus Go of course used the Oculus platform, while Xiaomi has its own version, and will be offering a Mi VR SDK (while Oculus will offer Oculus Platform SDK). Both have WQHD displays as well.

Unsurprisingly, the Oculus Go is capable of running all Gear VR games and apps. The move also brings Oculus up to speed with Google’s standalone Daydream VR headset, announced earlier.