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You can get going with VR for only US$199 with the new 'Oculus Go'

Oculus Go standalone VR headset. (Source: Oculus)
Oculus Go standalone VR headset. (Source: Oculus)
Oculus revealed their new standalone Oculus Go VR headset during the keynote for the first day of the fourth Occulus Connect conference. The Oculus Go is a VR headset and controller which doesn't need an external device to process video.

The fourth Oculus Connect conference is currently running on Wednesday and Thursday this week (11th and 12th October). Oculus got off to a quick start by using Mark Zuckerberg’s opening keynote to reveal their new Oculus Go standalone headset officially. They're referring to standalone VR headsets as “the sweet spot.” 

The Oculus Go is a 3DOF headset which uses a single orientation tracked controller, which manages to provide interaction while also reducing the cost compared to the dual Oculus Touch controllers that cost US$99 by themselves. The key point of this new headset is that unlike other offerings from Oculus and their competitors, this headset is standalone with no external source needed (e.g., computer, smartphone).

While the Go won’t be challenging the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive in visual fidelity, it will happily handle mobile 3D. Along those lines, it is compatible with software developed for Samsung’s Gear VR. Software made using Unity, Unreal, or Oculus Mobile SDK is compatible with both devices. This compatibility also means that the new controller supports the same functions as the Gear VR controller (The Gear VR is a "powered by Oculus" product).

Hard specifications are a little thin on the ground with the screen described as a “high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen” (although a keynote slide shows 2560 x 1440 resolution). In regards to weight it is “super lightweight,” and there are speakers integrated into the headset, so external headphones aren't even needed.

Global sales of the Oculus Go will begin in early 2018 with an MSRP of US$199.

Oculus Go with motion controller. (Source: PCMag)
Oculus Go with motion controller. (Source: PCMag)
Presentation slide showing the screen resolution of the Oculus Go. (Source: Gizmodo)
Presentation slide showing the screen resolution of the Oculus Go. (Source: Gizmodo)

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Craig Ward, 2017-10-11 (Update: 2017-10-11)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.