Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Facebook eyes VR accessibility as it launches Oculus Go for $199

Oculus Go is Up for Pre-order at Amazon Oculus launches standalone VR headset that doesn't require a PC or wires for $200
Derrick Tucker | 02 May, 2018, 01:18

Oculus has opened up orders for its first standalone VR headset Oculus Go, which retails at $199 United States dollars for 32 GB of storage or $249 USD for 64 GB.

The Oculus Go has a 2560 x 1440 LCD screen, a Snapdragon 821 processor, and integrated spatial audio.

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.

According to Facebook, the Oculus Go has over 1,000 apps, games and experiences at launch, including Anshar Online, They Suspect Nothing and Space Explorers (NASA).

It's unclear when the Oculus Go is expected to ship, but the Amazon page includes a placeholder release date of December 31, 2018.

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The initial preorder availability came several hours ahead of Facebook's F8 conference today.

Oculus Go uses internal cameras, sensors and software to track movements that are translated into corresponding motion in virtual worlds rendered in headsets. While this might make it easier to play with the Go wherever you are, it does mean the experiences will probably be far less immersive than the ones on the Rift, given that you won't be able to physically explore any of the worlds you're playing around in. Battery life is claimed to last between 1.5 and 2 hours of gaming, 2 and 2.5 hours for video viewing.

A savvy Reddit user spotted dozens of boxed Oculus Go headsets at a Best Buy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Oculus said there would be support for "certain games", but only mentioned one, Catan VR.

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

However, as of Tuesday morning, the $199 Oculus Go appeared to have already sold out as the Amazon listed it as now unavailable. At least, until he gets nauseous.

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