Facebook eyes VR accessibility as it launches Oculus Go for $199

Steve Phelps
May 2, 2018

It's also wireless and features a "fast switch" LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

Unlike other VR headsets, Facebook says the Oculus Go is a "true standalone" wearable, in that it doesn't require any help from a PC or smartphone.

The initial preorder availability came several hours ahead of Facebook's F8 conference today.

Oculus claims that more that 1,000 games and experiences are available for the Go from the off. It's still a 3DoF controller, but it feels more robust than the laser pointer with buttons that mobile headsets have had previously. While this might make it easier to play with the Go wherever you are, it does mean the experiences will probably be far less immersive than the ones on the Rift, given that you won't be able to physically explore any of the worlds you're playing around in.

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Pre-orders of the $200 Oculus Go virtual reality headset were snapped up by eager buyers in the middle of last night, resulting in the device selling out in a matter of hours, according to a Digital Trends report.

It's not clear how numerous fully immersive Oculus Rift games will be playable on the Go, which runs on a processor meant for mobile phones (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821), rather than the powerful processors and graphics cards required to use the Rift.

It is priced at £199 in the United Kingdom, $199 in the States with 32GB of storage built-in. It works on its own, with an included controller device, and uses inside-out tracking instead of the typical outside-in tracking we've seen on high-end VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The Oculus Go headset has been officially launched today and it's now available for purchase in 23 countries across the globe. At least, until he gets nauseous.

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