The Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Goes On Sale for $199

The Oculus Go standalone head-mounted display (HMD) has launched today, available in 23 countries via Oculus.com with those in the USA also able to purchase the headset from Amazon, Newegg and Best Buy.

Everyone attending F8 was given a free Oculus Go headset to keep.

However, as of Tuesday morning, the $199 Oculus Go appeared to have already sold out as the Amazon listed it as now unavailable. A post on Reddit shows boxed headsets in a Best Buy glass display case, and Amazon has posted a pre-release page for the headset, as well.

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What is Oculus Go?

The device does not have any positional tracking system and is therefore meant to be worn by a stationary user, who can turn and tilt their head to explore the virtual reality environment. A smartphone-class processor drives a "Fast Switch LCD" screen running at 2560 x 1440, which is shared by both eyes.

The Oculus Go, which the company was billed by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg as "the easiest way to get into VR", was launched at Facebook's F8 in San Jose, California. The retailer will let Facebook do that today at the F8 conference. Aside from that, Amazon offered guaranteed launch date release and gave customers the option to trade in old games and hardware to defray the Oculus VR's cost. In order to solve this problem, the Oculus Go was announced late past year and does not require a PC or smartphone, and instead functions as a stand-alone unit. However it appeared on Amazon's virtual shelves in the early hours of this morning, priced from $199 for the 32 GB model.

  • Toni Ryan