Oculus – owned by Facebook by the way – has released a “budget” level VR headset called the Oculus Go. Unlike other similar headsets on the market – think the Samsung Gear VR (which uses Ocular technology), the Go does not need any external devices such as a smartphone or computer to work. It is full self-contained.
Ocular says the lenses in the Go are “their best” ever, with a wide field of view and optimised 3D graphics, rich detail and vibrant colour. The basic unit features a 538ppi 2560 x 1440 WQHD, fast-switch LCD display, 32 GB of on-board storage with an optional 64GB model also available.
Audio is provided by built in spatial drivers, eliminating the need for a separate headset, although a 3.5mm audio jack is there if you need (or want) to.
A major stumbling block seems to have been addressed too, as Oculus Go is designed to be worn with or without glasses. And you can choose to purchase compatible VirtuClear prescription lenses from FramesDirect.com that easily insert into the headset.
To cap it off, Oculus says it has used breathable fabrics and injection foam moulding to make wearing the Go as comfortable as possible, even during extended use. And by extended, it is claiming a 3 hour battery life.
There is also an optional remote controller
As for content, over 1000 titles consisting of games, social media apps, 360˚ “experiences” and apparently, more, already in the library.
The price? USD$239 and only available from the US if the Oculus website is any indication (or try Amazon).
For more info, try https://www.oculus.com/go/