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. Both will be available on Oculus' website starting today in 23 countries, and in the United States you'll also be able to purchase them at Best Buy, and on Amazon and Newegg.
The company opened F8 with CEO Mark Zuckerberg debuting the Oculus Go onstage in San Jose, California.
The Oculus Go is a follow-up to the Oculus Rift, but unlike that device it does not require a connection to a computer. It has 3DoF positional tracking both in the headset and the controller. Sounds are delivered by speakers built in to the headset, rather than separate headphones, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor-powered LCD screen offers QHD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.
Amazon actually put up the listing a bit ahead of schedule, offering pre-orders well ahead of the official announcement, all of which promptly sold out - then Amazon removed the pre-order button entirely having realized its mistake. Battery life is claimed to last between 1.5 and 2 hours of gaming, 2 and 2.5 hours for video viewing. This is a standalone VR headset that works without a phone or PC.
"We think of VR as a spectrum", said Muthukumar, with the Rift at one end and the Gear VR at the other.
We also finally have eyes on the full hardware specs, which only make it more clear that the Oculus Go is the best deal in VR. The company is also releasing new experiences called Oculus Venues and Oculus TV, which will let users watch live music, sports (including Major League Baseball), and television shows from their headsets on apps like Netflix and Hulu.
Several users noted that the 64gb would likely cost more than the $199 32gb version.