INTRO: After two years, Facebook is now discontinuing its entry-level standalone Oculus Go VR headset. The company will continue to provide software updates through 2022. New Oculus Go apps or app updates won’t be accepted after December 18, 2020.
Facebook is abandoning Oculus Go to focus more on Quest and Rift that support six degrees of freedom (6DoF) tracking. In case you’re unaware, Oculus Go offers three degrees of freedom (3DoF) tracking.
“You’ve told us loud and clear that 6DOF feels like the future of VR. That is the reason why we are going all-in, and we won’t be shipping any more 3DOF VR products. We will end the sales of Oculus Go headsets this year as we make double down on improving our offerings for Quest and Rift,” wrote Oculus in a blog post.
Alongside the announcement, the company also revealed that it will offer developers a method to distribute apps outside of the Oculus Store. According to the firm, the new method will be available in early 2021.
“While we may expect many of the developers will want to share all of their apps as broadly as possible, we also see this new channel as a way to test early-stage applications and distribute to specific users,” notes the blog post.
It is worth mentioning that the apps distributed through this new channel should comply with the existing Oculus Platform policies. Hence, developers will still need to meet the obligations of Oculus’ Content Policy. However, the company points out that the new channel would not have to adhere to the same technical standards set for official Oculus Store apps.