Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

Oculus Go now available, standalone mobile VR for £199

Oculus Go now available, standalone mobile VR for £199

According to a press release, the standalone headset features built-in spatial audio and an integrated microphone, while things like headset weight, support straps, and facial interface have all been optimized for comfort. You can now buy Oculus Go from oculus.com in 23 countries, including the United Kingdom and US. Amazon says that it "does not know when or if this item will be back in stock". Amazon is taking pre-orders for the Oculus Go, but has not revealed a shipping date.

It seems likely we'll hear more about availability at Facebook's F8 conference, which begins in San Jose, California today.

The Oculus Go fundamentally feels like a miniature Oculus Rift. The company is also releasing new experiences called Oculus Venues and Oculus TV, which will let users watch live music, sports (including Major League Baseball), and television shows from their headsets on apps like Netflix and Hulu.

As well as the standard 32GB version for $199, there is also a 64GB model available for $249. Early reports suggest the headset doesn't quite offer the same kind of horsepower you'd get out of an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift plugged into a powerful PC, but its low cost, comfortable fit, and truly un-tethered design make it something unique in the current VR landscape. A smartphone-class processor drives a "Fast Switch LCD" screen running at 2560 x 1440, which is shared by both eyes.

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'Oculus Go is the easiest way to jump into virtual reality, ' the Amazon listing states.

Oculus claims that more that 1,000 games and experiences are available for the Go from the off.

Facebook is playing to its strengths, in front of a loyal audience.

The Oculus Go is also designed with a lightweight, breathable fabric so that it can be worn for hours at a time.

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