Last week, the ‘Oculus Go’ was released, it’s a USD$239 virtual reality headset that doesn’t need to connect to a PC like the bigger brother the Oculus Rift or any other device for that matter. It’s all completely stand alone – The screen, sensors, radios, headphones and processing power are all inside the Go headset, everything you need to get started and jump into the world of VR. What’s great about this setup is it’s not just a standalone headset, it also comes with a controller.
The headset is a 5.5-inch, 538 ppi panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. It also comes with a controller. You won’t experience the same level of immersion with the Oculus Go controller as you will the controllers that come with Oculus Rift. it’s not the same as the rift it’s more a point-and-click remote for convenience. Being standalone battery life is now a thing, you should get around 2 hours of gaming from a 3 hour charge, or about 2.5 hours of video according to Oculus’s claimed battery measurements.
So where does this new headset sit exactly and who is it aimed at? I guess those who want a high-end experience will get the more expensive Rift and those who want something more casual or portable can go the ladder to Oculus Go and Gear VR or the other experiences out there. It’s a great entry into the world of VR that’s for sure and if I was looking for something really casual to watch movies or play the odd casual game I’d totally pick one up. Although if you already own a Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you aren’t going to pick this up but for new people looking to experience VR this is as good as it gets right now.
Check out their promo video here: