Xiaomi, Oculus partner to build next-gen VR

Xiaomi, Oculus partner to build next-gen VR
Published: 9 January 2018 - noon
By: Aasha Bodhani

Xiaomi and Oculus are joining forces to bring standalone VR headsets this year.

Dubbed, Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR, both handsets aim to offer a high-quality VR experience, as well as offer more freedom and accessibility to VR without the need for a cable, external sensors or dropped-in mobile phone.

Both headsets feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon Mobile VR platform, plus Xiaomi's experience in consumer electronics and Oculus' VR engineering expertise. The Mi VR Standalone shares the same hardware as Oculus Go, and both feature a 2K high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen, next generation lenses and integrated spatial audio. Additionally a library of movies, 360-degree videos and interactive games.

The audio technology has been developed by Oculus and are directly built into the headset. Mi VR Standalone supports both the Oculus Mobile SDK and the Mi VR SDK, making it easy for Chinese developers to support the headset, and giving existing Oculus developers a streamlined path to bring their content to the Chinese market on the Mi VR platform.

Tang Mu, VP of Mi Ecosystem and head of Mi Lab, said: "Through our collaboration with Oculus, we have integrated world-class technologies and craftsmanship to produce a VR standalone that lets people immerse themselves in another world without being connected to smartphones or computers."

Hugo Barra, VP of VR at Facebook, added: "Through our partnership with Xiaomi, both Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone represent our first step in delivering that sweet spot between mobile and PC VR. These devices will be, hands down, the easiest way to get into VR."

The Mi VR will be available exclusively in China, whereas the Oculus Go will be available around the world.

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