Facebook-owned Oculus' $199 standalone Oculus Go virtual reality headset is here

F8 Attendees Get Free Oculus Go on May 2

Towards the end of 2017, Facebook's Oculus announced the Oculus Go. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the Oculus Go headset is the "easiest way to get into VR".

The Oculus Go standalone head-mounted display (HMD) has launched today, available in 23 countries via Oculus.com with those in the United States also able to purchase the headset from Amazon, Newegg and Best Buy. Starting at $199 Dollars for 32 GB of storage (or $249 USD for the 64 GB model), Oculus Go was designed with comfort in mind.

As a package, it's hard to fault the Oculus Go.

With over 1,000 apps, games and experiences available at launch, there will be plenty to play when your Oculus Go arrives.

The company has long maintained that bringing your hands into VR is more important than getting your head there. The stand-alone VR headset doesn't require a computer, or a smartphone, or any additional hardware.

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That immediate availability only applies to the USA for the time being.

A pre-release page for the headsets popped up on Amazon and a Reddit user spotted a display case of Oculus Go units at a Best Buy at a Fayetteville, Arkansas Best Buy.

Overall though, the headset is far more high-quality than any other on-the-market standalone headset I've tried to date, costing hundreds of dollars less than most of that competition as well. You will also get a touch controller bundled with the headset, which is powered by a AA battery.

That architecture has helped Facebook and Oculus keep the price down, of course, but it has also forced some compromises.

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