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Oculus Go review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue May 01, 2018 1:17 pm

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Surprise! Oculus released a new virtual reality headset today. The Oculus Go standalone headset is now for sale at Amazon, Newegg, and Best Buy starting at $199—yes, $199, with no other hardware required—following a retail-launch unveil at Facebook's annual F8 conference.

Oculus Go, as seen in the above gallery, is a standalone VR headset with a single, one-handed controller. It weighs about a pound (470g) and comes with a cloth-and-elastic strap that wraps around the head. Even if you've never used a VR headset, this headstrap makes instant-fitting sense: pull it over the back of your head, and its full shape and support structure fleshes out.

When you put the headset on, a face-sensor wakes the screen, and a prompt asks you to hold down the "menu" button on the Go controller. You'll do this every time to calibrate your forward-facing position and the relative position of your hand. Once your Go is unlocked, a floating menu of app and game icons appears in virtual space, and you use the Go controller as a pointing device to pick through content and menus. It also serves as a button-and-motion controller in any games and apps you load.

Almost immediately, the Go makes its "sit-down" VR limitations apparent—and these are hard to ignore, whether you call yourself a VR connoisseur or a novice. Before breaking these down, let's talk about where Go fits in the consumer-headset ecosystem. In other words, some of Go's criticisms are honestly tempered by its holy-cow $199 price point for the 32GB model (or $249 for the 64GB one).

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