When it comes to Virtual Reality, the first name we remember is Oculus. The company recently launched its first standalone VR Headset, Oculus Go. The specifications of Oculus Go are really worth checking.
Unlike Oculus Rift, The headset is easy to use. Moreover, it does not require any complex wired connections, etc.
But a question arises. Is it worth buying?
For the detailed answer, let’s jump in the topic and explore more.
What is Oculus Go?
Since the launch of First flagship VR headset, most of the gadgets have stepped in the market under two categories. Most of them being tethered VR headset or the ones that could be connected with smartphones.
But, the trend has started to change. The major change in this is brought by Oculus by launching its first standalone VR headset.
By now, Oculus Go has been launched in 24 countries across the world.
However, it’s not the only standalone VR headset in the market. Lenovo’s Mirage Solo and Oculus’s own Santa Cruz prototype works on similar principles.
But this VR headset has enough memory to run VR apps and games.
However, Oculus Go has some drawbacks which will be discussed later.
What are the Basic Specifications of Oculus Go?
Oculus Go doesn’t require any smartphone or computer to run VR content. Yes, it is one of the biggest advantages. Moreover, the specifications of Oculus Go seems similar to that of a smartphone. Let’s check them out.
- Screen size: 5.5 Inch.
- Display Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (per eye it is 1280 x 1440).
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.
- Storage: 32 GB and 64 GB.
- Weight: 468 grams.
- Headphone Jack: Yes (3.5mm).
- Micro USB: Yes (Type-B).
- Volume Rockers: Yes.
- Battery Life: 3 Hours.
- Controller: Yes (Laser Pointing).
As you can see, these specifications are even up to the mark when compared with the latest smartphone configurations. But Oculus claims that the product is optimized specially for VR content.
Moreover, Oculus has used Fresnel Lenses in this headset. These lenses are quite different from magnifying glass-like lenses as found in Gear VR.
If you start comparing Oculus Go and Gear VR, then you will hardly find much difference in both of them.
For your information, the difference lies in the Field of View and latency of the two products.
The headset comes with a stretchable strap. Moreover, it consists of velcro straps slides which makes it easy to adjust.
Moreover, you need an iOS or Android app to set up your Oculus Go. However, after connecting with a wireless network you won’t feel the need for a companion app.
Pros of Oculus Go
The biggest advantage of Oculus Go is that it works without smartphones and computers, unlike old VR headsets which required an external gadget to run the virtual reality content.
Moreover, it has a low-key designed body but has solid hardware which makes it more special.
While buying a good VR headset, we face a common problem known as a budget. But Oculus Go solved this problem.
It seems to be a lightweight VR headset. And, Yes, it is indeed. It weighs less than Gear VR.
In the coming time, Oculus will roll out Oculus TV which will provide the subscriptions of Hulu and Netflix. So, you will be able to access the VR content of Hulu and Netflix VR on your Oculus Go as well.
Unlike other VR headsets in the market, you can buy this VR headset for just $199. Go check out this amazing product online.
As you read above, the headset is easy to wear as well.
Drawbacks or Cons of Oculus Go
The biggest disadvantage of Oculus Go is its limited motion tracking. Unlike Santa Cruz prototype, you will experience a half way motion tracking.
Moreover, the lack of extensive sensors won’t allow you to walk around or lean freely.
Also, it comes with a laser pointing controller which won’t provide you a premium feel of a virtual hand.
Here one more problem arises. It comes with a limited Field of View and low resolution.
Based on some critical reviews, its design is considered to be bulky and silly looking.
However, from my point of view, its design is great and provides you great comfort while wearing the headset.
Also, the app library is similar to that of Gear VR. It means you won’t have access to all premium Oculus VR content.
The gaming experience on this device won’t provide the feel of playing a graphics-intensive game.
And, yes, it can not run the highly graphic-intensive games as other flagship VR headsets can do.
However, you can enjoy some great games offered by Oculus. Check out the list here.
The battery life of Oculus Go disappointed as well. It doesn’t even last up to the claimed 3 hours of a full session. It’s battery drained out in less 2 and a half hours.
Final Verdict on the Specifications of Oculus Go
As by now, after reading all the stuff above, you would have realized that Oculus Go seems to be an improvement of Gear VR.
But, it has simplified access to mobile VR content. Which is one of it’s biggest achievements.
However, it won’t able to provide you a premium feel as the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive can.
But the point here to consider is its price. It is a budget-friendly device which does not require any specific gadget (phone or computer). So, any VR geek can go on to buy it.
So, in the end, after all those specifications, pros and cons of Oculus Go, I would suggest you to definitely check out the device.
In this price segment, you won’t get a deal better than this. But if, the budget is not the issue, go for the flagship headsets instead of this budget-oriented headset.
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