Facebook's Oculus Go virtual reality headset is now available for purchase in 23 countries.
The 32GB model is priced at $199, or if you want more storage, you can get a 64GB version for $249. Oculus Go is available for purchase on Oculus's website and via retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg.
Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset that doesn't require a separate phone or a connected computer, sits somewhere between a pricey tethered VR headset and a cheaper phone-based VR wearable.
The device features a 2,560-by-1,440 LCD offering "the best optics of any VR system we've built," the Oculus team wrote in a Tuesday blog post. It also boasts built-in spatial audio and an integrated microphone.
At launch, the device supports more than 1,000 games, apps, and VR experiences including Anshar Online, Arktika.1, Coaster Combat, Jurassic World: Blue, Masterworks: Journey Through History, Pet Lab, Republique, Space Explorers (NASA), and They Suspect Nothing.
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Non-gamers should have plenty to do with the headset as well. You can hang out with your friends in VR via Oculus Rooms, a virtual living room originally released for Gear VR in 2016. Oculus is releasing a "major update" for Rooms, which includes "a fully redesigned and customizable environment, more life-like avatars, the tabletop game Boggle from Hasbro (with more Hasbro games coming soon), and the ability to watch full-length movies from among the hundreds of top titles in the Oculus Store."
Meanwhile, Oculus is gearing up to launch Venues, a virtual event space. There, you'll be able to watch live stadium concerts from popular artists like Vance Joy, intimate shows from emerging musicians, sports events like Major League Baseball games and ICC soccer matches, standup from Gotham Comedy Club, and more. Venues is slated to launch on May 30 for Oculus Go and Gear VR.
The company also today unveiled Oculus TV, a "brand-new way to experience your favorite serialized content" from streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. It features a "custom-built 3D environment with a massive screen and virtual seating area." Another non-gaming feature for Oculus Go is Gallery, a "virtual home theater" where you can stream content from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, your phone, and more.
PCMag's Will Greenwald got a chance to try out Oculus Go at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, and said it "seems closer to the Google Daydream View than the Oculus Rift in power and capability," but it "could offer a functional, compelling VR experience for a reasonable $199." Stay tuned for PCMag's full review.
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