Oculus Go, an inexpensive option in VR headsets

June 28, 2018

Oculus go has changed the way VR headsets were used by being a standalone device in an affordable price and has left the amazing Oculus Rift a step behind. Launched a month ago, though it is not the most high-tech device but it is definitely a game changer for the upcoming VR headset technology. The company has overcome two hitches with Oculus Go, first it is cheaper than its counterparts and the previous version, and second, it does not require a mobile phone or PC to power it.

Design

Oculus Go is designed with enhanced comfort levels for long hours of wearing and playing. The grey colour is giving it a modernized look and the additional padding makes it more wearable. The adjustable straps, two on sides and one back strap, allow the users to adjust it according to their head shape. It has built-in speakers and a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the left side of the headset with a MicroUSB charging port. A USB Type C port will be a useful addition in the upcoming models, as many of the smartphones and laptops are equipped with one.

Setting up

Oculus Go has a simple and convenient set-up. All you have to do is to pair it up with Bluetooth and carry out the instructions given on the screen of the headset and the app.  It usually takes only a few minutes to do so. The payment methods, preferences can be done through a compatible Apple or Google app.

Display

The LCD display is the standard, 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution (1,280 x 1,440 per eye). It is not too sharp but is quite good. There is plenty of room for a better visual quality but if we consider the price range and the fact that it is a standalone device, Oculus Go is a decent option unless a more refined version comes.

Performance

Equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, the games played were just fine but Oculus has some limitations as far as movement is concerned. You cannot move around to get closer to an object. It has been launched with a huge library of 1,000 apps. The battery life of more than 2.5 hours, is quite enough if you are playing a game continuously. You can charge the device while playing but as with all electronic products, it is advised not to do so.

Conclusion

Although better options are available in the market, however, they are costly too. Oculus Go, in this case, is a practical choice if you want a decent pocket-friendly device for an immersive VR experience.

 

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