Oculus Go, the standalone VR headset officially unveiled

- Adrian Ungureanu

The offer of VR headsets just improved after Oculus, owned now by Facebook has unveiled the Oculus Go a standalone VR headset, for $200.

It does not need a phone inside it and you can’t stream games or video content from a PC either. The games run on the device itself and there’s already a library of titles. For game control and interaction there is a single motion controller with a touch area and a trigger.

The Go will start selling in early 2018 for $200 – half the price of a Rift. And it has a higher resolution screen than the rift – 2,560 x 1,440px (single panel) vs. 2,160 x 1,200px (split between two panels). Oculus did switch from OLED to LCD, however, and the frame rate is still unknown.

There’s no official info on the chipset, but unofficial info claims Snapdragon 821. No external hardware is used for the tracking, meaning it will be less accurate than the Rift.

The Oculus Go is very portable, especially compared to the Rift. You don’t even need headphones since there are built-in speakers (but also a jack if you do prefer headphones). The headset is made out of a breathable cloth and you can wear it with glasses.

The games are going to be the same that are played on smartphones using the headset made to work with smartphones so don’t expected any graphic wonders. Still it’ll be an interesting device.