Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Can the $200 Oculus Go make virtual reality mainstream?

Oculus Go Shows Up on Geekbench Oculus launches standalone VR headset that doesn't require a PC or wires for $200
| 02 May, 2018, 02:01

We don't yet know what Facebook has in store for us, but Amazon may have blown the lid on at least one surprise: the company listed the Oculus Go for pre-order.

In the United States, shoppers can also find the Oculus Go on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and NewEgg, as well as at Best Buy retail stores today.

The Oculus Go with 32GB of storage costs $199 / £199 / AU$299, while the Oculus Go with 64GB of storage costs $249 / £249 / AU$369.


Oculus has made its standalone mobile virtual reality headset available. Battery life is set around 2 hours for playing games, and about 2.5 hours when you're streaming media and video content. That also means that all of the Gear VR's Oculus app and VR experience catalog will work with Oculus Go from day one. And while this headset does not have tracked controllers, Oculus has done a lot to create software that understands how to translate some lateral hand movements from a fixed elbow position so the interactions you get here feel deeper. But it stands out because it does not require a separate computer - a smartphone locked into the device or a PC to tether to - to operate. Who's picking one up, and which model are you going with? In the course of showing it to a friend, that was enough time for him to decide that maybe he didn't want to try that app that much after all.

The Oculus Go, which the company was billed by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg as "the easiest way to get into VR", was launched at Facebook's F8 in San Jose, California.

All right, so what's so special about this headset?

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