Last year we saw tech giants launching high-end VR Headsets that could draw raw processing power from their attached PCs/Laptops. Now, in order to make the VR experience more accessible, VR manufacturers are looking towards wireless VR headsets, and Oculus is no exception.
Earlier this year, there was a lot of talk about Oculus planning to release a bunch of standalone VR Headsets. Now, we have the first official announcement. At the Oculus Connect 4 event earlier this week, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the opportunity to announce ‘Oculus Go’ – an affordable standalone VR headset.
Oculus Go is a mid-tier standalone VR headset, and it seems that with this offering, the company has managed to hit the sweet spot between mobile-based and high-end PC solutions.
Ergonomic Design and Display
The design elements of the Oculus Go are pretty similar to the Rift but Oculus has managed to add a few more comfort features. The straps are elastic bands and there is a comfortable new fabric for the pads which rest on your face. Of course, it also brings with it the added comfort that all standalone VR headsets have, which is no dangling cords.
When it comes to the display, Oculus claims the ‘Oculus Go’ will have “the best visual clarity” of any VR headsets available so far. The new generation lenses for the Go reduce the glare effect but offer the same 90-degree field-of-view. The screen of the Oculus Go is made with a fast-switching LCD panel that has a 2560 x 1400 pixel resolution and is “optimised for VR”. This means that the LCD panel of the Go offers a higher pixel form factor than the OLED screens of the Rift which should help minimize the screen-door-effect (the space seen between the pixels).
Controller Tracking and Spatial Audio
The controller for the Oculus Go hosts a slightly different form factor. The controller features a circular touchpad that allows you to control movements and trigger different actions. Below the touchpad are the “back” and “home” buttons that allow you to quickly return to the main menu when needed. Note that this is a mid-tier VR headset so the controller will offer 3DoF tracking.
One interesting new feature of the Oculus Go is its built-in headphones that come with spatial audio and built-in audio drivers. This allows for easy switching of the headset between users without having to adjust the headphones every time.
Content, Pricing, and Availability
Oculus has announced that its Go VR Headset will be “Binary Compatible” with the Gear VR. This means that all the content released for the Gear VR will also be available on the Oculus Go from launch.
Oculus has set the Go VR Headset at a very competitive price of just $199 which will, of course, encourage more buyers to make a purchase and tune-in to the best of virtual reality porn. During the event, Zuckerberg said that “we are targeting to bring 1 billion people in VR.” If this target is met, there will certainly be a lot more people enjoying VR porn experiences soon.
For developers, the Go Kits will be available as early as next month while the consumer release of the Oculus Go is expected early next year.