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Oculus Go preorders open - and sell out - ahead of F8 kick-off

02 May 2018

The Oculus Go is a follow-up to the Oculus Rift, but unlike that device it does not require a connection to a computer.

As well as the standard 32GB version for $199, there is also a 64GB model available for $249. More than 100 Go-exclusive games and apps will also be available to download through the headset's digital storefront. There's something so much more rewarding about just being able to hit a power button and dive into VR without navigating phone and PC menus, fumbling with hardware and dealing with constant updates.

The Amazon post comes as the Oculus Go has already been spotted in the wild.

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Oculus Go will be cross-compatible with more than 1,000 Gear VR apps, so early adopters will have plenty of options on the Oculus Store. And while this headset does not have tracked controllers, Oculus has done a lot to create software that understands how to translate some lateral hand movements from a fixed elbow position so the interactions you get here feel deeper.

Zuckerberg has billed the device as an attempt to make VR adopted by the masses, with the goal of getting one billion people using the technology, which transports people into simulated environments. It has 3DoF positional tracking both in the headset and the controller.

There are definitely some quality sacrifices that had to be made in order to arrive at the $199 price point. Sounds are delivered by speakers built in to the headset, rather than separate headphones, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor-powered LCD screen offers QHD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

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The display does a fine job, but is nothing to write home about.

The Go includes its own for-sale VR video library and access to Oculus TV, a new platform that allows users to access TV apps such as CBS All Access. All of the necessary hardware is in the headset itself.

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Oculus Go preorders open - and sell out - ahead of F8 kick-off