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Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset on Sale Now

02 May 2018

Just ahead of Facebook's F8 conference for developers today, photos and new details suggest that the company's low-priced standalone VR headset Oculus Go is close to an official launch. Oculus Go is available for purchase on Oculus's website and via retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg.

The Oculus Go is expected to be released around December 2018, and will be able to run existing applications which have been released for Samsung's Gear VR headset. The headset costs $199 for the version with 32GB of onboard storage, and $249 for the 64GB variety.

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As a package, it's hard to fault the Oculus Go. The most obvious is going to be the resolution: other VR headsets offer significantly larger numbers of pixels, which will make a difference when it comes to detail in the virtual experience or game you're engaging with. Mainly, the Snapdragon 821 chipset that this device has definitely feels sluggish at times; while I haven't had any lagging with the Oculus UI elements on the home screen, some of the experiences I demoed on the Go took as long as 30 seconds to boot up. There is also a companion app in the Play Store or app store (for iOS users) for downloading games and apps for the headset.

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.

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All right, so what's so special about this headset?

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Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset on Sale Now