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Facebook Inc.'s Oculus VR LLC said Oct. 11 that it lowered the price of its virtual-reality headset Rift to $399.

The Rift bundle comes with Touch controllers, sensors and six free apps, including arcade shooter "Robo Recall" and creative tools. The Facebook unit also unveiled Rift Core 2.0, the new built-in software user-interface program for Rift, which will be released in beta version in December.

With Rift Core 2.0, developers will be able to debug their VR apps while inside them.

Additionally, the VR unit unveiled its first stand-alone product Oculus Go, a VR headset for watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with friends using the technology. The price for Oculus Go starts at $199, and it will begin shipping in early 2018.

The company also provided an update on its prototype headset dubbed "Santa Cruz," which is in its next stage of development. It will feature hand presence with two positionally tracked controllers, the company said.