The Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Goes On Sale for $199

Muriel Hammond
May 2, 2018

With its sights trained on a broader market for its virtual reality headsets, Facebook's Oculus began selling its mid-range device on Tuesday. You can now buy Oculus Go from in 23 countries, including the United Kingdom and US. In order to solve this problem, the Oculus Go was announced late a year ago and does not require a PC or smartphone, and instead functions as a stand-alone unit.

Amazon actually put up the listing a bit ahead of schedule, offering pre-orders well ahead of the official announcement, all of which promptly sold out - then Amazon removed the pre-order button entirely having realized its mistake.

Oculus Go uses internal cameras, sensors and software to track movements that are translated into corresponding motion in virtual worlds rendered in headsets. The company has released plenty of details today during the Facebook Developers Conference, with Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra taking to the stage as part of the keynote address.

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. Sounds are delivered by speakers built in to the headset, rather than separate headphones, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor-powered LCD screen offers QHD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

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

The Go includes its own for-sale VR video library and access to Oculus TV, a new platform that allows users to access TV apps such as CBS All Access. The headset costs $199 for the version with 32GB of onboard storage, and $249 for the 64GB variety. In general, VR games and apps designed for mobile phones are far more simplistic than the ones designed for computer-connected systems.

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