Owning an Oculus Go, the Facebook’s virtual reality headset is not a cheap piece of hardware. Now the company has released Oculus Go for only $199. The Go is actually the Oculus’ third product release to date.
Oculus Go Headset
Oculus’ Go is a device intended for mobile Gear VR. Although it occupies a similar niche, it offers an affordable price for a very limited VR experiences. Why limited? Because like a Gear VR, Oculus Go does not track the full movement. It works only by rotating the head via a small remote control. In short, this single device is convenient, optimized and accessible to use.
To use the device, pressing the power button turns on the Oculus Go device. The device is not beholden to whatever updates installed in the device, according to gamers. Gamers who were able to use the device described the headset as high quality when compared to the Rift. It also offers games the comfort they needed.
Other gamers claim that Oculus Go outperforms the first-gen Google Daydream View headset. Furthermore, they also lauded the device’s “facial interface” for being spongey and breathable. What’s also good about the Oculus Go is that it fits with glasses.
Having said that, the device has an aggressively nondescript after it partnered with Xiaomi. It has a gray colored headset, ports and buttons, and a gray head strap. Oculus said that the device’s design and the concept were inspired by Oculus Rift.
Go’s side and front panels seam actually make the headset look cheaper. We are still clueless about Go’s internal specs. It is also difficult to test the performance of the device in a controlled demo environment. What is certain though is that the device works well with other Gear VR games.
Oculus Go standalone VR headset is rumored to be launched at the F8 developer conference. This virtual reality headset will reportedly be launched by Facebook on the company’ s F8 Developer Conference this year.
Reports said that oculus Go standalone VR headset is likely to have its debut on May. This is sais the be alongside Facebook’s promise of the “biggest AR/VR news from Facebook to date”.
The first Oculus standalone VR headset was unveiled last October. It will cost $199 once it ships. It is designed to sit in-between the Gear VR and the more expensive without inside-out tracking or fully tracked controllers.
Xiaomi will build Oculus Go. It has a Snapdragon 821 processor inside. According to sources, it will have a base cost of $199. It will include a 32GB storage. A 64GB model will be available but at a higher price.
Oculus is also working at a standalone prototype with tracking. It’s codenamed Santa Cruz.
But there is a device which could complicate Oculus’ vision for standalone VR. This device is the Vive Pro which was recently unveiled by HTC. This device is a higher-resolution of the original Vive headset and built-in headphones and support for a higher adapter.
This could make it rough for Oculus. HTC is focusing on the high-end of the virtual reality market. Also unveiled by HTC is its owl all-in-one VR headset, the Vive Focus. There is still no report as to when the company will make this available in the market. But this should be the first standalone six-degrees-of-freedom VR headset on the market.
With all these innovations in standalone virtual reality headsets, people will have more choices. We will have a wider market to shop for the gadgets we need. Let us just be meticulous in choosing. With the help of technology, many companies do imitations of certain products.
Be knowledgeable of the products you buy. Make sure the gadgets you buy are authentic. This way we are assured of good performance and service from these gadgets. The companies that produce and develop them do their best to provide their users with the best.