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Based on reports that a mid-tier VR headset will be available in the first quarter of 2019, Facebook and Oculus are rumored to officially introduce the "Santa Cruz" in September during their Oculus Connect 5 Conference.
The Santa Cruz will feature built-in cameras that track your movement and will not have a tethered wire to a PC, allowing you to roam freely in your designated space without being limited by a cord. Oculus has created its "guardian" system which displays a blue grid whenever you come into contact with an outside object, so you won’t have to worry about running into anything while using the headset. This standalone technology, which also tracks your location in the space, gives a wide range of consumers accessibility to this technology.
Oculus's previous VR headset models the Oculus Go ($200, released earlier this year) and the higher-end Oculus Rift ($400) both utilize older technology that requires the Rift to be connected to a console, while the Go only tracks your head movements. Although it flaunts more modern qualities, the Santa Cruz headpiece start at $300, to maintain its mid-tier status.
Not a fan of Facebook? Google offer’s a similar VR headset that features the stand-alone fuctionality called Daydream Worldsense. Their headset also lets you around move without being attached to another piece of equipment and without external sensors ($400).