Oculus Go Aims to Be Facbook's VR Gateway for the Masses

02 May, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Oculus launches standalone VR headset that doesn't require a PC or wires for $200

The Oculus Go is now finally available for purchase.

However, as of Tuesday morning, the $199 Oculus Go appeared to have already sold out as the Amazon listed it as now unavailable.

Unlike the established Oculus Rift, also made by the Facebook-owned company, the Oculus Go is a headset that does not require an external PC source. In order to solve this problem, the Oculus Go was announced late previous year and does not require a PC or smartphone, and instead functions as a stand-alone unit.

"For the first time, Oculus brings you a truly standalone VR headset-with no additional hardware, computers, or devices required". The conference follows weeks of intense scrutiny on the company after Zuckerberg's appearance before the US Congress to explain Facebook's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which continues to unfold.


Oculus says the device is "hands-down the easiest way for people to get into VR", and claims to have over 1,000 games, movies, and apps that run in its VR app store. It has 3DoF positional tracking both in the headset and the controller. What I did love was the fact that Oculus enlarged the space inside the headset to account for users who wear glasses, removing yet another small point of friction and making the Go friendlier to more users.

It's also wireless and features a "fast switch" LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. One thing that is likely to be announced is a release date for the standalone VR headset-Amazon had it pegged for December 31, though that could have been just a placeholder.

"We think of VR as a spectrum", said Muthukumar, with the Rift at one end and the Gear VR at the other.

As well as the standard 32GB version for $199, there is also a 64GB model available for $249.

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