The price drop for Oculus Rift was not the only surprising announcement the VR company made, but they also announced their first cable-free VR headset “Oculus Go”. But let me stop you right there if you are confusing this or comparing it with Oculus RIFT or even Mixed Reality.
What’s the deal with Oculus Go?
Oculus in their blog post shared that it is aiming this for consumers who are looking forward to watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with your friends in VR. Sounds familiar? If you have used products like Samsung Gear VR or Xiaomi’s VR headsets which work with their own devices, Oculus Go is on similar lines, maybe a bit advanced but we do not know that right now as there are no hardware details.
The difference which I see Oculus Go has compared to the VR headsets available in the market is that while others need a phone to work with, Go has phone inbuilt into the headset. This means it should have the option to install apps directly from the store when connected over WiFi. This makes sense for those who want a VR headset which does not depend on any phone.
Another thing to note about the Go is it has only directional tracking, it can’t track your head physically moving up/down/forward/backward or you walking around, just what direction you’re looking in. It also uses the same little one controller pointer/trackpad the Gear VR uses. Hence the use case for watching movies or concerts, playing games, or just hanging out with your friends in VR., nothing fancy.
Here is the list of things Oculus has to say about GO:
- The headset is super lightweight, and the new fabric used for the facial interface is soft and breathable.
- The high-resolution fast-switch LCD screen dramatically improves visual clarity and reduces screen door effect.
- Oculus Go also ships with integrated spatial audio.
- The speakers are built right into the headset, transporting you straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else. If you need it, there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.
- It offers a wide field of view with a significantly reduced glare.
The Price Starts at $199
Oculus clearly said that the price starts at $199 which means the price is for the entry-level headset. When announced with more details, I am pretty sure that we will see various versions of the Go which will probably be a $249 and $299 / $399 option. We will see more details only by next year.
Apps & Games:
Oculus Go is binary compatible with Gear VR, and it also shares the same controller input set. This is great for developers who are building Gear VR as their apps will be ready for Go as well on launch day.