Oculus Launches the Budget Standalone Go VR Headset

After announcing it late last year, Facebook-owned Oculus is finally ready to release the stand-alone Go virtual reality headset. The headset’s full spec-sheet is finally known and there’s a bit of content launching with it too.

For one, there is a 5.5″ 2560 x 1440 WQHD LCD at the front, which has a refresh rate of either 60 or 72 Hz and supports fast switch. The display area is also sufficiently large for users who wear glasses.

Hardware

Under the hood, you get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 VR Platform. This brings us to the biggest advantage of the Go: you can use it without a PC or a smartphone, leading to a fairly straightforward experience.

The headset also comes with a controller with a large touch area on top, two buttons at the bottom, and a trigger at the back for use in games.

Audio and Software

Oculus Go VR Headset Audio

On the audio side, there is are speakers and mic built-in, there is also a headphone jack so you can add your own advanced earphones if the speakers aren’t good enough for you.


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A microUSB port and a volume rocker are the other notable details in terms of design.

In terms of software, the Go will launch with 21 apps and games to help it take off. It also supports 1000 existing apps already, sharing its library with the Gear VR.

Battery and Price

Battery life is quoted at up to 2.5 hours of video playback, or 2 hours of gaming, though, expect it to vary under stress.

The 32 GB version of the headset is up on retail for $199, while the 64 GB variant costs $249.


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