You know something great is about to happen when two of the major giants in their own fields team up. Oculus VR which was founded in July 2012 is one of the major players when it comes to virtual reality hardware and software products. Oculus has previously partnered with Samsung to make the Gear VR which is a great product. Xiaomi on the other hand was founded in April 2010 and specializes in smartphones, laptops and other related consumer electronics. It is best known for its power packed smartphones that are affordable when compared to Samsung and LG. Xiaomi has amassed a huge fan base in these recent years due to its Redmi line of phones. Now that we know who these companies are(which you probably already did), let’s cut to the chase and get more info about their partnership.
Oculus announced last October that it will be announcing a standalone VR for $199 and today at the CES we got more info on that. Facebook VR VP Hugo Barra made the announcement that its former company will be the hardware partner for most of the world. The launch date of the same is not known yet but is said to come out in early 2018.
The Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset which can run all the VR content without the need for a phone.
Oculus also announced Mi VR Standalone—a VR headset based on Oculus technology exclusively for the Chinese market.
Both the Oculus Go and the Mi VR Standalone will be powered with Snapdragon 821 SoC, the same that powers the Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T. Also, both the VR share the same core hardware features and design.
Mi VR Standalone will support the Oculus Mobile SDK, enabling existing Oculus developers to easily bring their content to the Mi VR platform in China. Xiaomi is also said to be working closely with the Oculus developers to localize most popular content from the Oculus Store and to bring it to the Mi VR Store in China.
The popularity of Xiaomi as a brand could be the reason why Facebook and Xiaomi are going to use the Xiaomi brand in China.