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Facebook: Chinese company Xiaomi to make Oculus Go hardware

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Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi is going to make hardware for the Oculus Go virtual reality headset, Facebook announced at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

“Xiaomi is our hardware partner for launching Oculus Go globally.”

In addition, the Beijing-based company will create a product dubbed the Mi VR Standalone, which is going to be exclusive for the Chinese market. The device is going to be based on Go technology and powered by a Qualcomm processor. “Oculus and Xiaomi are jointly announcing a new standalone VR product that is designed specifically for the Chinese market,” Facebook’s VP of VR Hugo Barra announced during Qualcomm’s press conference at CES.

Bara also stated: “Xiaomi is our hardware partner for launching Oculus Go globally.” Oculus Go functions without the need for a smartphone or a PC. The standalone headset price is set at $199 and it is expected to ship in early 2018, according to Facebook.

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