Oculus Go Hits Market With $199, It’s Standalone and Wants 1 Billion Users

Virtual Reality is not an affordable home experience for most of us in 2017. While there are more than enough VR headsets in the market, not one of them is cheap enough to become a trendsetter. Oculus is going to try changing the way Virtual Reality is handled like a luxury, bringing the Oculus Go VR headset to the market, costing only $199.

Announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Oculus Connect, the Oculus Go is an all-in-one VR headset that requires no PC and no additional wires attached. Its release date has been set to early 2018 and is said to be the “easiest way to experience VR.”

Oculus Go is an effort by Facebook and Oculus to bring one billion people in VR, which won’t be that tricky as this VR headset apart from having the lowest price in the market for a full VR experience until now, it also doesn’t require a PC or a mobile device to make it work.

As stated on the Oculus Go official website, it will feature more than 1000 VR games, social apps, 360° experiences, and more some of which are Netflix, Facebook 360 and the New York Times.

The announcement says that the headset offers “Crystal-clear optics, integrated spatial audio, and optimized 3D graphics that come together to bring your virtual world to life.”

Oculus head of VR Hugo Barra when talking about the Oculus Go described it as “super lightweight” and the “sweet spot” between PC and mobile virtual reality experiences. Hardware-wise it features a fast-switch LCD display with 2560×1440 resolution and “next-gen” lenses with reduced glare as well as integrated audio. About Oculus Go’s audio, Barra added:

“Audio drivers are built right into the headset, makes getting in and out of VR much faster and easier to share with another person.”

Oculus Go will ship in early 2018 and will cost $199.