Oculus Go now available for purchase, starts at $199

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

02 May, 2018

Facebook has released the $199 Oculus Go virtual reality headset during its F8 Developer Conference.

It didn't take long for Amazon to sell out of however many units of the Oculus Go it made available to preorder this morning-just a few hours after appearing online around midnight PT, according to Digital Trends. Early reports suggest the headset doesn't quite offer the same kind of horsepower you'd get out of an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift plugged into a powerful PC, but its low cost, comfortable fit, and truly un-tethered design make it something unique in the current VR landscape. In order to solve this problem, the Oculus Go was announced late a year ago and does not require a PC or smartphone, and instead functions as a stand-alone unit.

Oculus has confirmed that there are over 1,000 apps for Oculus Go owners out of the gate. The stand-alone VR headset doesn't require a computer, or a smartphone, or any additional hardware. But the Go is self-contained: all the computing power it needs is inside the device.

Oculus says the device is "hands-down the easiest way for people to get into VR", and claims to have over 1,000 games, movies, and apps that run in its VR app store.

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Starting today, you can now order the Oculus Go from the Oculus website. It also boasts built-in spatial audio and an integrated microphone.

"We think of VR as a spectrum", said Muthukumar, with the Rift at one end and the Gear VR at the other. The new Go headset is also compatible with personal photos and videos from a user's phone, social media accounts, and Dropbox.

It is priced at £199 in the United Kingdom, $199 in the States with 32GB of storage built-in.

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