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Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset on Sale Now

Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset on Sale Now

Oculus Go, the standalone virtual reality headset expected to be a key element of Facebook's F8 2018 conference today, quietly arrived for preorder online this morning. The Oculus Go headset has been officially launched today and it's now available for purchase in 23 countries across the globe. It also shares the same mobile app store as the Gear VR, with over 1,000 apps at launch. But the Go is self-contained: all the computing power it needs is inside the device.

Towards the end of 2017, Facebook's Oculus announced the Oculus Go. However, cost has been one of the biggest barriers to VR adoption, and the Oculus Go certainly addresses that aspect. The Go fits "nicely in the middle", he said. The Go can also be fitted with prescription lenses. They've done this by building vents into the plastic headset strap arms on the sides of the headset; the audio isn't great, and they leak a lot of noise, but I'm so glad the company did this as it makes getting people set up in VR that much easier. Facebook acquired the company in 2014 for $2 billion, prompting other tech companies such as Microsoft and Google to try to develop their own competitive VR products. It's still a 3DoF controller, but it feels more robust than the laser pointer with buttons that mobile headsets have had previously.




There have been various solutions in the past to get cheap VR into the hands of consumers. The VR software and hardware industry made $1.8 billion in 2016, half the amount estimated in the study. In 2016, only 200,000 Rift headsets were sold globally, according to a study by SuperData.

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