Facebook Focuses on 6DoF VR, Discontinues Oculus Go

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By Michael Inouye | 3Q 2020 | IN-5865


Facebook Discontinues Oculus Go after Two Years


Facebook announced it would end sales of the Three Degrees of Freedom (3DoF) Oculus Go and cease supporting the platform (security patches and bug fixes) in 2022; current users, however, will stop seeing new features or applications for the device by December 2020. The company will instead put its efforts behind Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) platforms, Quest and Rift, and in the process bookmark an end to one phase of Virtual Reality (VR)’s early stages of development. While the current installed base of Oculus Go users may not relish in the news, a large majority of the industry has voiced support for the decision and view it as a step forward for VR. Is 3DoF VR truly end-of-life (and should it be)?

Maturation of VR


Even when VR failed to live up to lofty early expectations and mobile VR faltered, many within the industry still believed VR would continue to support both 3DoF and 6DoF experiences. This was a reasonable expectation, since 360 video was and still is largely a 3DoF viewing experience, an…

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