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Oculus Go Review Stand-Alone VR Headset

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Oculus Go

When we have a close look at the various features, functions, specifications and other attributes of Oculus Go, we can reasonably be sure that we are investing in a high-quality VR headset that is wireless in the true sense of the term.

For
  • Totally wireless
  • Minimalist and sleek design.
  • It has a large library of games and apps.
  • Vibrant colors and crisp details.
  • Minimal Motion Blur.
Against
  • Reliance on some smartphone during the set up process.
  • It does not have the best of room-tracking capability.

Yes, the wireless virtual world is very much here. We will, in this article, be talking more about Oculus Go. This is a much talked about and popular VR headset and it is certainly creating quite a bit of excitement amongst those who like VR headsets. It is a product that comes with a price set the tag of $199.99. There are reasons to believe that it is an all-inclusive VR headset and it has the capacity of running independently of a PC or smartphone. This is because of some high tech features that have been built into it. These include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 82 processor. This product has many advanced features and there are quite a few improvements. These improvements are based on the positives and the negatives that the manufacturers have learned from their previous version Rift. There are many things and it would be pertinent to mention that Oculus also has added the much talked about integrated microphones and speakers and has made this a part of the overall design. Further, they also have come with a stunning and impressive high-resolution fast-switch panel. This helps to cut down on motion blur quite a bit and also helps to ramp the color and detail quite a bit.

The Geek Factor Still Remains

However, it would be pertinent to mention here that the manufacturer may not have been fully capable of overcoming the geek factor as far as this design is concerned. But we need to look at this taking into account the above improvements along with the library of content that keeps growing ever. These include many compelling social experiences. When all the above are taken together and looked at in totality you have a quality VR headset that combined cost-effectiveness with space-effectiveness. Further, you also be sure that it comes with a solid look and also has some futuristic features and functionalities. There are also many who believe that it is one of the best VR headsets that are suited for mobile use. Let us try and have a look at various other features that perhaps could go in making Oculus Go as one of the best VR headsets in the market today.

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset...
  • Personal Viewing: The littlest, big screen. Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics make your headset feel more like a personal theater
  • Viewing with Friends: Watch with friends. Meet up in VR with friends and fans from around the world to catch live sports, concerts, or just your favorite TV show
  • Portable & Easy to use: Ready when you are. Experience portable, all-in-one VR. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles
  • Controller: Effortless control. Whether it's navigating to your favorite shows or to a far-off land, the intuitive controller makes getting there a cinch
  • Built-In Audio: Surrounded by sound. Spatial audio drivers are built right into the headset, providing dramatic, immersive sound without the need for bulky or tangled headphones. Oculus Go also features a 3.5 mm audio jack

The Design

There are many reasons to believe that the Go is a very handsome and good looking VR headset. However, there are many who may not be willing to call it the most stunning VR headset. When we have a quick glance at the device, there are many who may confuse it with the Daydream View of Google. This is perhaps because of the slate-gray coloring that resembles with the Daydream View. However, there are some obvious differences as far Go is concerned. While Daydream View has a breathable and soft fabric covering it, this is not the case as far as Go is concerned. The frame of Oculus Go is made from a unique slate-gray matte plastic. Further, the front plate is made out of gray aluminum and with the word Oculus clearly printed on the top and that too in a darker shade of gray.

There is no doubt that the design is quite comfy. It has generous space in the top half. This is mostly occupied by soft foam and the same is wrapped in a great looking black-and-gray-knit mesh. The same is made of spandex and nylon. Further, it also comes with straps that help keep the headset firmly in place. These are made from wide, stretchy and soft bands. Further, the ends are quite good looking and this perhaps might be because they are lines in Velcro.

We also need to bear in mind that the Go is designed to offer a wireless VR experience. Therefore, you will not be able to come across too many ports. There is only one micro USB port along with a headphone jack that is located on the left-hand side of the VR headset. It also has a power button along with a volume rocker located on the top. You also have a gray and long strip of plastic and this is located on either side of the headset. These are used for the purpose of looping the heading straps through. All these go in making the appearance of Oculus Go minimal and this is certainly liked many. However, there are a few users and enthusiasts who perhaps could have liked to have another microSD slot. This may have gone quite a bit in enhancing the overall storage capabilities of the VR headset.

Measurements & Other Attributes

The VR headset weighs around 16.5 ounces and comes with an overall measurement dimension of 7.5 x 4.1 x 4.5 inches. Hence, there are enough reasons to believe that the Oculus Go is fairly compact and lightweight. This is indeed a positive as far as this device is concerned. This is in spite of the fact that it has quite a bit of gut built into it. Yes, there are other VR headsets including the likes of Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear that are lighter with the weights ranging around 9.2 and 12.1 ounces respectively. But we should not be misled by the lightweight of these two devices of competition. The weight does not take into account the phone and is needed to power the overall VR headset experience. Just place the Samsung Galaxy S9 in the Gear VR and you will find out that the weight would have jumped by almost a big 15 ounces.

We would like to mention here that there are some PC powered and head-mounted displays such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and these are certainly quite heavier when compared to the Go. The Oculus Rift weighs around 16.6 ounces while HTC Vive measures around 19.9 ounces.

Comfort

There is no denying the fact that the Go is comfortable from the overall perspective. If you go by reviews from end-users, you will have reasons to believe that it is not taxing or hurting on those who use this VR headset for reasonably long periods of time. Many users have worn the headset for 2 hours and they have done so without any glasses. They have not complained of any discomfort. This is perhaps because of some technological improvements that are a part of the Oculus Go. The device comes with eyeglass spacers that are shipped when you buy the Go. You have to remove the lens rings along with the facial interface. Once you have done this, you have to replace it with the help of the spacer. Once this has been done and it has been secured properly, you can put the interface back and you are ready to make use of the headset.

There also is a solution for all those with big and long hair. The Go comes with head straps that are quite stretchy and they can accommodate quite a few of the hairdos. It also works well for those who have long ponytails. However, it does take some time to thread the ponytail and push it through and into the back straps. But once this is done, and once everything has been positioned correctly, the headset is able to rest snugly on the head and it does not exert any uncomfortable pressure.

Setup

Let us now spend some time getting to know about the setup of Oculus Go. This is certainly an all-in-one headset. It does require your smartphone to have it set up. You have to get started by downloading the Oculus App and it can be done on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The download and set up should take around 5 minutes’ time. The app is user-friendly and it will guide the user through the process. It will also help to connect the headset to Wi-Fi and also will help establish as to the hand that I will use to control the device. There are many tutorials that could help to teach us how to use Go with glasses. The tutorials also will teach the users how to bundle the lanyard to the controllers. You also have a quick and informative video that will give the users a complete rundown of the system and this includes the recommended age (13 and above). Further, it also will recommend that the Go can be best used when it is seated, though a few also use it when standing.

Direct Download Of New Apps

The device also allows you to directly download new apps and also games directly on to the headset. It also allows you to get notifications and certain settings can also be easily adjusted. Once these settings have been completed you can focus your attention on the handheld controllers and also the main menu. You will also get a chance to choose the Home backdrop and you will see this each time you pay a visit as far as the home screen is concerned. After this has been set you can start exploring and start using the Oculus Go set.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Totally wireless
  • Minimalist and sleek design.
  • It has a large library of games and apps.
  • Vibrant colors and crisp details.
  • Minimal Motion Blur.

Cons

  • Reliance on some smartphones during the setup process.
  • It does not have the best of room-tracking capability.

Conclusion

When we have a close look at the various features, functions, specifications and other attributes of Oculus Go, we can reasonably be sure that we are investing in a high-quality VR headset that is wireless in the true sense of the term. It is reasonably priced and compares quite well with other major brands in the market. It is easy to set up and operate and therefore customers are of the opinion that they can get the best value for money out of this device.

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