Oculus Go Standalone Headset Now Available For $199

Oculus launches standalone VR headset that doesn't require a PC or wires for $200

Oculus Go Standalone Headset Now Available For $199

As well as the standard 32GB version for $199, there is also a 64GB model available for $249.

The Oculus Go is available at Oculus.com in 23 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Oculus says that battery life should be up to 2.5 hours of streaming media and video.

I've had about a week to play around with the headset, and this really feels like a game-changer in a lot of ways. This is a standalone VR headset that works without a phone or PC.

The Oculus Go is a follow-up to the Oculus Rift, but unlike that device it does not require a connection to a computer.

At this point in time, there is no word on United Kingdom availability of the Oculus Go. The headset's design echoes that and the experience once you jump in.

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There have been various solutions in the past to get cheap VR into the hands of consumers. They've done this by building vents into the plastic headset strap arms on the sides of the headset; the audio isn't great, and they leak a lot of noise, but I'm so glad the company did this as it makes getting people set up in VR that much easier. F8's official site now asks you to sign up to be emailed a link to the stream, but we're sure a public link will be made available as we get closer to kick off.

The display does a fine job, but is nothing to write home about.

A pre-release page for the headsets popped up on Amazon and a Reddit user spotted a display case of Oculus Go units at a Best Buy at a Fayetteville, Arkansas Best Buy.

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

That architecture has helped Facebook and Oculus keep the price down, of course, but it has also forced some compromises.

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