Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset 32GB & 64GB Review

Editor rating

4.0/5 on May 13, 2018

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PROS

- Headset — designed with innovative, breathable fabrics and injection foam moulding developed for professional athletes.

- Wide Quad, Fast-Switch LCD — dramatically improves visual clarity and reduces screen-door effect.

- Next-generation Oculus Lenses — offering a wide field of view with significantly reduced glare.

- Integrated Spatial Audio — speakers built into the headset.

- True Standalone VR - no additional devices required while in VR.

- Oculus Store - the same great content available to Gear VR users, with over 1,000 apps, games, and experiences.

CONS

- Sits a little heavy on the face.

- Light comes through the bottom around the nose.

- Battery-to-charge-time ratio isn’t ideal.

VERDICT

Oculus Go marks a new era for VR, one in which anyone can simply slip on a headset and dive into virtual realms. Though not perfect, it offers a comfortable fit, solid build, excellent visuals and the promise of more great content to come. For the price, Oculus Go gives its tethered older brother Oculus Rift a run for its money.

Oculus Go is, in many ways, the dawn of a new era in virtual reality (VR). It’s a standalone device, meaning it’s finally cut the cord from the PC needed to run its older and more powerful brother, the Oculus Rift. For Facebook, which owns Oculus, Oculus Go represents a brand-new way to experience VR.

The company calls Oculus Go the most approachable VR product on the market, and it’s not wrong in that the headset lets you step into VR with little setup and no expensive PC requirements, all at a reasonable price.

The Oculus Go requires nothing to function aside from your head. You don’t need to keep it attached to a powerful, expensive gaming PC. You don’t need to insert the right type of phone to power it. The Oculus Go is neither PC VR nor phone VR. It’s a standalone device and may very well be remembered as the first VR headset to bring virtual reality to the masses.

You simply pair the standalone VR headset with your phone, put it on your head, and you’re off to the VR races. For the multitudes who have been sitting on the VR sidelines due to pricing, complexity, attachments, or all of the above, the Oculus Go will be the headset that put them into the game, rollercoaster, or virtual social gathering.

The reasons why are obvious: It’s easy to set up, it’s comfortable to wear, it’s immersive, and it’s cheap. For now, there are two Oculus Go models, the 32GB model and the 64GB model. Continue on to read our full Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset 32GB & 64GB Review.

Video – Open Your Eyes | Oculus Go

 

 

Video – Introducing Oculus Go

 

 

Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset Features

 

– Lightweight Headset — designed with innovative, breathable fabrics and injection foam molding developed for professional athletes.

– Wide Quad, Fast-Switch LCD — dramatically improves visual clarity and reduces screen-door effect.

– Next-generation Oculus Lenses — offering a wide field of view with significantly reduced glare.

– Integrated Spatial Audio — speakers built into the headset, transporting you straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else.

– True Standalone VR – no additional devices, computers, or gaming consoles required while in VR (Oculus Go requires the Oculus Companion App, downloadable from the iOS and Android store on a smartphone).

– Oculus Store – the same great content available to Gear VR users, with over 1,000 apps, games, and experiences.

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Our Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset Review

 

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As a piece of VR hardware, the experience on hand with Go is almost as good as the Oculus Rift. You won’t mistake one for the other, but we have been continually impressed with how good Go’s VR is, especially considering everything needed to run the headset is contained in a little gray box that sits on your face.

Looking beyond the nuts and bolts of what you get in the Oculus Go package, this headset represents a turning point for VR. This is VR for the casual gamer, the relaxed consumer of media, the person without the time, money or interest in setting up a PC to power a higher-end headset. This is VR for everyone.

Does this mean people will suddenly start buying Oculus Go in droves, frenzied because they can finally buy a headset anyone can use? No, not by a long shot, the new VR revolution won’t happen overnight, but Oculus Go signals that it’s coming, and fast.

Video – Oculus Go Unboxing

 

 

Oculus Go Design

As soon as you take Oculus Go out of the box you’ll notice that its design is sleek and has some nice subtle touches; the front panel is a slightly different shade of gray in certain lights, for example. The straps are soft and adjustable, though it’s always a bit awkward adjusting and cinching down a VR headset by yourself when you’re wearing it.

Once on, Oculus Go feels incredible on the face. The plush inner lining is soft and pillowy yet has an airiness to it as well. Oculus said it consulted with the garment industry in making the Go, and this is apparent in the headset’s premium comfort feel.

As for wearing the device, it’s important to point out two things. One is that some light seeps in through the bridge of the nose. Some people are really bothered by light leakage in VR as it breaks the immersion. Other users are able to ignore it after a while or are otherwise not too perturbed by it.

The second point to note about wearing Oculus Go is that its weight distribution is very much in the front. It rests right on your upper cheekbones, and once you’ve worn it for a while, an achiness starts to set in, like you’ve been holding a smile for too long. In saying that, we have yet to find a headset that has perfected weight distribution.

Oculus Go, which, remember, houses everything you need to run VR right inside the box that sits on your face, may have a very forward weight-distribution, yet all-in-all it’s a comfortable headset that feels good to wear.

One neat trick Oculus Go pulls off is how it integrates audio. Instead of building in headphones, like the HTC Vive Pro, the Go’s plastic arms have slits that house the speakers, and this design feature helps the headset maintain its cohesive profile.

Oculus Go also includes a 3DoF controller. The controller feels good in the hand, and, in fact, we prefer it over the Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR controllers for its ergonomic design and responsive controls. You won’t experience the same level of immersion with the Oculus Go controller as you will the Oculus Touch, the controllers that come with Oculus Rift, however.

With Touch, your hands are brought into VR, and the controllers track your hand as well as arm movements. This isn’t the case with the Oculus Go controller; it’s not much more than a point-and-click remote, though it can move around in the virtual space, and it does so quite faithfully.

In an Oculus Go game called Coaster Combat, you use the controller like a pistol to shoot at and collect coins. The controller felt intuitive here, and we were quickly caught up in the task (helping us to forget the light leakage, for one thing).

It’s games like Coaster Combat where the Oculus Go controller shines because it goes beyond simply selecting things and becomes a part of the virtual world you’re seeing before your eyes.

Video – Hands-On with Oculus Go VR Headset

 

Oculus Go Performance

The Oculus Go launches in a somewhat interesting climate for virtual reality, at least in terms of users’ expectations – with the medium still in its relative infancy, what should users expect from what’s being billed as a relatively affordable entry point to VR, especially if they’ve yet to try one of the pricey high-end headsets?

While it may lack the dev studio clout of Sony’s headset, we were shocked to find that it offered a comparable experience to the PlayStation VR headset when the Go was pushed to its limits.

The Go in effect raises the stakes for all looking to develop VR hardware – as a standalone unit, it wipes the floor with the likes of Google Cardboard and even its own cousin (and also Oculus-developed) the Samsung Gear VR, while pushing what we should now come to expect for our money from the more expensive headsets, too.

Before talking up the surprisingly impressive performance aspects of the Oculus Go, however, it may be worth pointing out its most considerable limitation.

The Oculus Go makes use of an “Orientation Only” movement system – in other words, while you can turn your head and view a 360-degree world, and have your controller tracked within it, you can’t move through the virtual space. If there’s something in the distance happening onscreen, physically walking towards it won’t bring it any closer, nor will leaning “into” the space ahead of you.

As such, it’s a bit more like being in a fighter pilot’s cockpit than, say, the freely-tracked movements of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. It’s equally worth noting, though, that the Go is designed to be an entry point for the VR-curious and so, if they’ve never used a VR headset before, may not even realize the extra-dimensional element that is missing.

Oculus Go 32GB 64GB Games

Once you’re in a game or VR experience, however, it’s hard to fault the Oculus Go. Tracking is accurate and comfortable, with little jerkiness that could otherwise increase the chances of feeling unpleasant nausea.

The 5.5-inch, 538 ppi panel (with a resolution of 2560 x 1440) is impressive, too, sharp enough to almost eliminate the “screen-door” effect earlier headsets suffered from. Oculus told us it used a fast-switch LCD display with the Go to have better pixel fill, meaning the pixels are simply larger and thus reduce the screen-door effect as well.

The goggles in front of the screen too appear improved over those of the Oculus Rift, which suffered from more pronounced glare than is present when using the Go. It was a little bit fiddly to install, but the included glasses spacer was a welcome accessory, giving this glasses-wearing review team a little more room to accommodate our specs for comfortable viewing.

Built into the strap mounts that sit either side of your head, the speakers on the Go prove remarkably useful, too. While they’re no replacement for a high-quality pair of headphones, they’re a great idea – as they’re not going directly into your ears, you’re given a sense of the ambient space in the real world around you, making bumping into something or missing a doorbell less likely when using the Go, while also avoiding unnecessary dangling cabling around the headset.

They lack the depth of a pair of good in-ears and using them around friends may cause annoyance due to the sound leakage, but it’s a comfortable, fuss-free way of jumping straight in with some audio.

Oculus Go Games and Apps

 

Oculus Go App

Games and experiences on the Oculus Go are a varied bunch – there are over 1,000 apps, movies, games and short-form VR experiences at launch for the Go, being a mixture of brand-new titles and remixed Rift and Gear VR content.

Oculus has a relatively open submission system for apps, making the quality of each experience vary – but there’s already a lot of great stuff to play with, and we’d rather have the option of dipping our toes into less-polished titles than not at all.

Whether rattling along an Extreme VR Roller Coaster ride on Mars, jumping onstage into the middle of a 360-degree concert in the MelodyVR app or settling down for a sedate game of super-popular board game Catan in VR, the Oculus Go rarely stuttered during play.

Load times could be a little longer than you’d like, but when it’s firing on all cylinders, titles like sci-fi stealth-em-up Republique and space shooter Anshar Online look impressive considering there’s no external processing occurring (the Go houses a Snapdragon 821 processor, the same one found in handsets like the LG G6).

But, perhaps the best example of Oculus’s ambition with the Go is the new Oculus Rooms app, coming to Oculus Go and Gear VR. This is a customisable social space in which you can hang out with pals floating around, playing chess, sharing photos and watching films. The sense of spatial audio is excellent and hanging out with a pal from the other side of the world to watch a movie is an impressive, Ready Player One-like experience.

Moving to the other side of the room and then seeing the screen in the corner of the virtual living room continuing to play Matt Damon’s The Martian in the background (in 3D, no less) showed just how flexible and powerful shared social spaces in VR could be.

It’s worth noting that while Oculus Rift games can’t port over to Oculus Go, and the idea is that developers who’ve already made apps and games for Gear VR should be able to easily build versions for Oculus Go.

But as a sort-of consolation prize, Oculus Go does support cross-platform play between itself and the Oculus Rift and Gear VR, so you can play along with friends who own either of these headsets while you’re wearing your Oculus Go.

Video – Extreme VR Roller Coaster on Mars: Virtual Reality 3D Video for Oculus Go Samsung Gear VR Box

 

 

Oculus Go Battery life

Battery life is a bit of a double-edged sword for the Oculus Go. You’ll get around 2 hours of gaming from a 3-ish hour charge, or about 2.5 hours of video according to Oculus’s claimed battery measurements, and that’s more or less in line with our experience.

You may, however, find those targets missed if you’re downloading lots of VR apps in the background while using the headset. Two hours of use against a three-hour charge may seem like a poor trade, and it’ll be especially noticeable if the headset is intended to be shared within a household.

However, you’re unlikely to want to spend that much time in a single undisturbed stretch inside a VR headset’s confines, so it’s hard to complain too much. Still, it’ll be a push to get through an entire movie in one sitting, which is unfortunate.

All in, though, it’s hard to argue with the performance of the Oculus Go. For a self-contained headset, not reliant on an external power source or processing unit, it delivers a fantastically diverse and approachable VR experience.

Oculus Go is more than just a happy middle ground, however. As we’ve said, it represents a new era for VR, one that’s fun, deceptively powerful and much more accessible than anything that’s come before it.

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What Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset Customers Say

 

“Go is a phenomenal product that makes for a great family toy. I highly recommend it for people who don’t want or need an expensive tricked out pc and a bunch of cords everywhere.

And that’s kinda the deal. Reviews knocking stars for its lack of six degrees of freedom or it not being as powerful as a Rift or the new Lenovo competitor are missing the point entirely (in the exact same way everyone who knocked the iPod when it came out). It’s not built for nerds, it’s built for everyone else.

I’m a tech heavy guy married to a complete non-techie. I’ve brought home a bunch of mobile focused vr kits over the last couple of years and all of them have failed to capture interest or otherwise been a total pain in the butt to actually use. Go has captivated the entire family in short order because it’s drop dead simple, the app ecosystem is more mature, and the resolution is high quality. The product itself is well designed and comfortable and is a massive step in the right direction compared to previous alternatives.” …. Read More

Oculus Go 32GB 64GB Headset Reviews

 

Video – Oculus Go VR Headset Review

 

 

Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset Review Verdict

 

Comfortable, convenient, wireless, and affordable, the standalone Oculus Go represents a big step forward in consumer VR. There isn’t a single killer app or must-have game just yet, but there are enough offerings in the Oculus Store to keep the VR consumers, both gamers and non-gamers, plenty busy.

It offers excellent VR that, while not as good as what you’ll find on a PC-tethered headset, is still immersive and enjoyable.

Simply put, the whole Oculus Go package just works. From its design and content to the controller and visuals, it’s hard not to smile or, at times, simply be amazed when you’re using the headset. It’s so good, you actually forget that it’s not tethered to anything and is running completely on its own.

Oculus Go succeeds on many levels, and one area where it really excels is social VR. When you’re in Oculus Rooms, “hanging out” with people half way across the world, there’s a sense that Oculus Go is being used for its intended purpose; what it was made to do. Social, of course, is what Facebook wants VR to be, and it has seemingly struck on the right formula with Oculus Go and Oculus Rooms.

Rather than having a bunch of competing headsets, Facebook views VR as sitting on a spectrum; those who want a high-end experience can opt for the more expensive Rift, while those who want something more casual or portable can go the ladder to Oculus Go and Gear VR.

Oculus Go 32GB Virtual Reality Headset Review Overview

 

Oculus Go 32GB Headset

Oculus Go Virtual Reality Headset 32GB will help you to jump into the world of virtual reality with ease as it is the first Headset introduced by a manufacturer that requires no additional hardware or devices.

It is likewise quite comfortable and easy to use, and you can easily watch a movie on a 30-ft screen after simply switching it on. This headset will also allow you to play your favorite games or have a great time with your family or worldwide friends like never before.

The Design: The breathtaking Oculus Go includes large plastic shells for housing the lenses as well as internal hardware, and it definitely stays ahead in the competition in terms of comfort and ergonomics.
The face-plate material is covered with a softly woven mesh and has got a fair amount of foam as well. Moreover, this product can boast of as many as 3 head straps which are made from spandex and protected with Velcro. This facilitates easy adjustments as well as stretching over the head of the user.

The Specs: The revolutionary Oculus Go can boast of an astounding 2560 x 1440 LCD screen which, according to the manufacturer, is speedy and also aids in keeping the costs down. You’ll also come across speakers included along with the headset which are surprisingly clear and loud for everyone around you to hear what is being played by you. In case you’d like to listen to your favorite music in privacy you can, of course, use some headphones.

The key features are as follows:
1. 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 WQHD fast-switch.
2. Integrated microphone and speakers.
3. A battery life of approximately 2 hours for gaming or 2.5 hours for video watching.
4. Measures 190 mm x 105 mm x 115 mm and weighs 468 g
5. Light Weight: approximately 1 pound.
6. An LCD screen running at 60 Hz or 72 Hz Performance.

The Oculus Go has the ability to track your head’s position in 3 degrees and from the very beginning, you’ll observe that everything is sharp. It can recognize the fine movements easily and the battery life of approximately 2 hours while watching video is simply amazing.

The Verdict: One significant feature of the Oculus Go 32GB is that it is not at all difficult to use this device. There is no need to worry about inserting any phone or even setting up anything on your desktop.Also, it provides the users with lots of comfort which enables one to use it for longer sessions.

With such a small price tag, almost anyone will be able to purchase this product and jump into the world of virtual reality for the first time.

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Video – Oculus Go Setup & Review

 

 

Oculus Go 64GB Virtual Reality Headset Review Overview

 

Oculus Go 64GB Headset

Oculus Go 64GB headset is a significant catalyst among consumer virtual reality headsets. It may not be the flashiest headset on the market, however, it has exceptional features, which allow you to free up space on your phone as it stores its own VR games and apps.
The smartphone-like technical specs of the headset include a 5.5-inch screen with 2560 X 110 resolution. Based on 2016’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, Oculus is optimized for VR apps and it has a quick response rate, with reduced motion blur and ghosting issues.

The Oculus is no slouch with its sound system. You do not require a separate headphone or integrated headset because its audio output is created right inside the headset itself. The audio is directed at your ears, and nearby people cannot hear sounds from it on low volumes settings.

For better communication with friends, there is a built-in mic that also enables you to have an advantage over Oculus voice commands. You can say anything from the central navigation, and it will just do that.

Also, Facebook uses the mic to monitor your conversations and serve you suitable adverts. But you can turn off this feature in the settings if you don’t want it. The Oculus is not only designed for gaming but also to enable you to access photo as well as video content from various sources.

You can browse pictures using your phone’s camera roll, pop images onto the device, or engage yourself with the Facebook 360 content among other things. More so, you can “explore” content as per your interests- news, sports, travel, educational.

And, it promises to provide live content and VR broadcasts from seasoned producers such as New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera and Fox Sports. Besides, there’s the Oculus TV application that combines a variety of TV apps including Facebook video, Red Bull TV, and CBS. The headsets support Hulu, Netflix, and Showtime as well. You will specifically enjoy the Netflix app that puts you inside a virtual room with a big screen.

When you press play, it sets the mood by dimming the lights automatically, giving you a chance to enjoy thrills via a small comfortable headset.

With a built-in Lithium-Ion battery that lasts for about 2-3 hours, the Oculus Go gives you enough time to watch your favourite film or show. This Oculus Go 64GB Headset is an incredible invention for people wanting an affordable entry into the VR world

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Features

  • Lightweight Headset - designed with innovative, breathable fabrics and injection foam molding developed for professional athletes
  • Wide Quad, Fast-Switch LCD - dramatically improves visual clarity and reduces screen-door effect
  • Next-generation Oculus Lenses - offering a wide field of view with significantly reduced glare
  • Integrated Spatial Audio - speakers built into the headset, transporting you straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else
  • Standalone VR - no additional devices required while in VR (Oculus Go requires the Oculus Companion App, downloadable from the iOS and Android store on a smartphone).

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 64GB

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Features

  • True Standalone VR - no additional devices, computers, or gaming consoles required
  • Lightweight Headset - designed with innovative, breathable fabrics and injection foam molding developed for professional athletes
  • Wide Quad, Fast-Switch LCD - dramatically improves visual clarity and reduces screen-door effect
  • Integrated Spatial Audio - speakers built into the headset, transporting you straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else
  • Oculus Store - the same great content available to Gear VR users, with over 1,000 apps, games, and experiences

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