Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale for US$199
Facebook has announced the immediate availability of its Oculus Go standalone VR headset. The device is shipping now to 23 countries where it can be purchased directly through oculus.com. It is the first of what is expected to be many standalone VR headsets to hit the market that are completely self-contained and do not require any external connections or separate smartphone.
In fact, it is best described as containing most of the important ingredients that make up a smartphone and is even powered by a variant of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC found in many of last year’s high-end smartphones. Oculus is touting that the headset even features the best ever optics that it is has built into a VR headset, including its own much more expensive Oculus Rift headset for PCs. Its fast-switch LCD display has a pixel density of 538ppi at a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.
The Oculus Go also integrates a spatial audio system an integrated microphone that should help create an immersive experience out of the box. The device comes in two models, one with 32 GB of storage for US$199 and a 64 GB model for US$249, making it the most accessibly priced VR experience currently on the market by some margin. Oculus says it worked with Xiaomi and Qualcomm to realise the product while it will ship with over 1,000 games and VR experiences ready to go.