Oculus is working on a new, tetherless VR headset

Oculus Standalone VR Headset

Oculus and Facebook are ready to bridge the gap between powerful tethered VR systems like the Oculus Rift and mobile headsets like Samsung Gear VR.

The prototype of the product, shown off by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg at Oculus's Connect Developer Conference, is the firm's first stab at doing just that.

The product, only referred to on-stage as the "standalone headset" and going by the codename Santa Cruz, won't be ready this year, but development is well under way.

"We're making progress on computer vision software that's going to enable this entirely new category of product," Zuckerberg said.

Following Zuckerberg's comments, he showed a short video of a tester using the prototype. The video was no more than 30 seconds, and showed someone using a shoddy-looking headset to explore virtual reality sans wire.

The idea itself is an admirable one, and something a vast majority of virtual reality enthusiasts have been clamoring for. Being able to bring devices like the Oculus Rift with you wherever you go with lugging around your desktop would enable more connected experiences and perhaps give VR the nudge it needs to finally hit the mainstream.

Zuckerberg said that he'll share more details on the headset in due time but, for now, potential fans of powerful, tetherless VR will just have to hold on tight.

Nick Pino

Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.