During the recent Oculus Connect 4 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the Oculus Go, a virtual reality (VR) headset that hits the sweet spot between Oculus VR’s Rift and Gear VR headsets.
The Oculus Go is the third headset from Oculus. It’s lightweight, uses a mesh foam interface, can play movies, run computer games, and is said to have the best visual clarity so far seen in VR, thanks to a WQHD LCD display that has a higher fill-factor than OLED.
Interestingly, the upcoming headset is wireless, which means you won’t have to connect it to your PC (like the Oculus Rift) or a flagship phone (like Gear VR).
While Oculus Go falls somewhere between Gear VR and the Rift, it’s a bit closer to the Gear VR. It’s a standalone headset, which means the computer is inside the headset with the display. It’ll also run many of the Gear VR apps and will be functionally similar to Gear VR.
What’s different in Oculus Go
There are a number of things that are different with Oculus Go compared to its predecessors. These include the following:
- Instead of integrating headphones, the headset has its own spatial audio system built in. If you prefer regular headphones, simply plug in your own into a 3.5mm jack.
- It will have a controller similar to that of Gear VR. The controller uses three degrees of freedom (DoF), which is the same as the Gear VR controller. For comparison, the Rift uses six DoF.
- There’s no touchpad on the side of the headset, and only two buttons on top: volume controls and the power button.
When’s it coming out?
Alas, a release date has yet to be announced. The headset itself was announced last October 2017 with the goal of an early 2018 launch. Stay tuned for announcements.
How much is it?
Price for the Oculus Go starts at $199.
For now, the information about the Oculus Go is a bit sparse but expect this to change soon. With what we currently know about the handset, however, it’s clearly worth getting excited about, especially because of two things:
- It’s a standalone headset.
- It costs only $199. For reference, the Oculus Rift will set you back by upwards of $379.