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

Oculus Go is Up for Pre-order at Amazon

Oculus' new standalone $199 VR headset now on pre-order at Amazon.com

Oculus says that battery life should be up to 2.5 hours of streaming media and video. And with no need to drop in a phone or power up a PC, it's never been easier to share VR with friends.

The Oculus Go virtual reality headset is shipping today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at Facebook's F8 developer conference.

As for the specs of the Oculus Go, it boasts a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1440.

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

At launch, the device supports more than 1,000 games, apps, and VR experiences including Anshar Online, Arktika.1, Coaster Combat, Jurassic World: Blue, Masterworks: Journey Through History, Pet Lab, Republique, Space Explorers (NASA), and They Suspect Nothing.

The company has long maintained that bringing your hands into VR is more important than getting your head there. It's still a 3DoF controller, but it feels more robust than the laser pointer with buttons that mobile headsets have had previously.

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You might not get a Go for free, but you can still watch along to the keynote. There is also a companion app in the Play Store or app store (for iOS users) for downloading games and apps for the headset.

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. A post on Reddit earlier today showcased a stack of the headsets ready to go at a Best Buy location in Arkansas.

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

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