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As part of the deal, Xiaomi will also work with Oculus to create the Mi VR Standalone -- a VR headset based on Oculus tech that'll launch exclusively in China.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

January 9, 2018

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Oculus has joined forces with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to manufacture its standalone Oculus Go virtual reality headset.

As part of the deal, Xiaomi will also work with Oculus to create the Mi VR Standalone -- a VR headset based on Oculus tech that'll launch exclusively in China. 

The $199 Oculus Go was unveiled last October, and is pitched as a middle-ground option for those who don't want to rely on a PC or smartphone to deliver their VR experiences. 

Both devices will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform, with Oculus explaining it's working closely with the tech outfit to deliver "the highest possible level of performance."

The Mi VR Standalone (shown below) looks strikingly similar to the Oculus Go, and that's because both share the same core hardware features and design sensibilities. 

They'll also both support the Oculus Mobile SDK, meaning exciting Oculus developers will be able to easily bring their content to the Mi VR platform in China.

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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