In one of our previous posts, we documented the types of Virtual Reality headsets on the market, one of which included the Oculus Go head-mounted display (HMD) unit. In this post, we review the Oculus Go VR headset and tell you exactly why you should be getting on this incredible piece of VR kit, NOW!
The Oculus Go VR headset is classified as an untethered, mobile VR device. It can be used on the go and doesn’t require a connection to a PC to power it, unlike it’s tethered friends such as the Oculus Rift or the HTV Vive Pro. These devices use high powered PC’s to drive their graphics, resolution and processing. This is one of the key benefits to the Oculus Go, it can be brought anywhere and used anywhere and doesn’t require a high-powered PC, or any PC for that matter, to run. Let’s look at some other Pro’s & Con’s…
The Oculus Go’s price point makes it highly accessible. It retails on the Oculus website (https://www.oculus.com/go/) for as little as €219/$199 with free shipping! This will get you a 32 GB device. A 64BG version will set you back €269/$249. So, depending on your intended use, you might have to consider scaling up to the 64GB version.
The design of the Oculus Go VR headset is sleek and efficient. When you handle the device you know you’ve got a quality product. When worn, the device sits comfortably on the head and comes with easily adjustable straps to accommodate all shapes and sizes. One slight drawback is around the nose area where the device doesn’t fit as snugly as you might think. There is a small gap between the device and your nose which means that when you look down your nose you can see out of the device. While this is a very small issue, it can take away slightly from the immersiveness of the experience when in VR.
Additionally, the so-called ‘breathable’ fabric that sits around your eyes and forehead gets a little sweaty with prolonged use. Perhaps a leather version would suit the headset better on this element.
With built-in speakers on either side of the headset, the audio is perfect for giving the user that immersive feel.
The controller is limited in terms of comparisons with the Oculus Quest or Rift, which both offer dual-handed, intuitive, gesture-based controllers. In many ways the Go and its games are hampered by the limited options on its controller. It essentially acts like a TV remote…point and click!
Set-up & Installation
The set-up involves your smartphone. You are required to download the Oculus app and create an account or log in using your Facebook account. This is a handy feature as Oculus is owned by Facebook. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play store or from Apple via iTunes.
Once in the app you’ll be prompted to pair your account up with your headset.
This process couldn’t be simpler and Oculus really have made this quick and pain-free. You’ll need to enable Bluetooth on your phone in order for the devices to speak to each other. You will also be prompted to link a payment method to your account in the event that you want to purchased apps/games, etc. This is not mandatory but if you want to get the most from your new headset you will want to buy a couple of apps or games. Generally, most games cost somewhere between €1.99 and €9.99. For example, the popular roller coaster game ‘Coaster Combat’, which is great fun btw, costs €4.99.
Your Oculus Go requires a connection to a WiFi network to access content, games and apps that basically need an internet connection. For example, you will need to be connected to WiFi to access Netflix or watch YouTube. In terms of games though, you can access and play most games in an offline capacity without a connection. This just means you won’t have access to leaderboards or similar online features.
As stated above, the device is hampered by the controller in many ways because it is so limited. It is perfectly fine for some games, such as Coaster Combat, and for many of the experience-based apps such as 360 experiences and Ocean or Space experiences.
Some of the best games to download include;
- République VR – narrative-based, stealth thriller game for €9.99
- Thumper – crazy speed and rhythm-based game for €9.99
- Coaster Combat – brilliant roller coaster game for €4.99
As an entry level device, the Oculus Go is a must have for anyone looking to dip their toe into the world of virtual reality. Its price point of €219 is perfectly matched to see it sell off the shelves and it has been a huge seller on Amazon since its release in May 2018. The device’s ease of use, easy set up and installation and pick up and play feel makes it perfect for newbies to VR, and especially for users who are less technically proficient.
The fact that the device is truly portable and mobile also makes it hugely attractive. There’s no tethering to PC’s or other devices, you just pick it up and play!
Tell us what you think. Have you got an Oculus Go? Have you used one? Let us know…
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