Facebook's Oculus Go VR headset now shipping to Canada

Oculus Go, the standalone virtual reality headset expected to be a key element of Facebook's F8 2018 conference today, quietly arrived for preorder online this morning. Mainly, the Snapdragon 821 chipset that this device has definitely feels sluggish at times; while I haven't had any lagging with the Oculus UI elements on the home screen, some of the experiences I demoed on the Go took as long as 30 seconds to boot up. It also shares the same mobile app store as the Gear VR, with over 1,000 apps at launch. The company has released plenty of details today during the Facebook Developers Conference, with Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra taking to the stage as part of the keynote address. But the Go is self-contained: all the computing power it needs is inside the device. The Go can follow the movements of the wearer's head, and comes with a small handheld controller and trackpad. While this might make it easier to play with the Go wherever you are, it does mean the experiences will probably be far less immersive than the ones on the Rift, given that you won't be able to physically explore any of the worlds you're playing around in.

Battery Life: 1.5-2 hours for gaming, or 2-2.5 for video-watching.

Our first standalone VR headset, Oculus Go is the easiest way to jump into VR. Oculus said there would be support for "certain games", but only mentioned one, Catan VR. He does also note that Oculus Go includes a headphone socket should users wish use their own cans.

The VR headset will have built-in spatial audio and also an integrated microphone. Therefore, there are two models with different storage capacities that can be ordered: a 32GB headset, which costs $269 CAD, anda 64GB model, which is priced at $329 CAD. At least, until he gets nauseous.

  • Valerie Cook