Reviewing The Oculus Go VR Headset – Truly Portable VR Experience
When it comes to the world of virtual reality (VR), advancements in the fields of innovation and technology are moving forward in leaps and bounds, with the ultimate goals of simply slipping on the headset and getting right down to business.
Throughout this review we are going to be looking at the latest VR headset to make waves, the Oculus Go VR Headset. We will be taking a look at what you can expect form this devices in terms of usability, function, and design, as well as some other important performance aspects.
The Oculus Go is a little plush grey box that sits right on your face. Perfect for the casual gamer or social surfer, the Oculus Go is a stand-alone device that is ideal for the entry-level VR consumer, so to speak. This stand-alone device is fully operational without the addition of a smartphone, and is a brand new way to experience the thrills and excitement of virtual reality.
Oculus Go owners and designers, Facebook, have created the Oculus Go to be the most user-friendly VR headset on the market today, not doubt shaping the future of VR technology, and setting the new norm when it comes to design.
The sleek, grey color design of the Oculus Go give it a luscious look and feel, with soft, adjustable straps for easy fitting and comfort. Two mentions that need to be noted are that, even though the Oculus Go does not have a phone attached to the front of it, the weight distribution is placed mainly on the wearer’s upper check.
This may bring about a sensation of itching after a lengthy period of use. Secondly, at the bridge of the nose there is a slight issue with light leakage. While it is possible to ignore this while in use, it is worth a mention for those OCD VY users.
The integrated audio is a great new feature of the Oculus Go. The plastic arms housing the speakers used to create a real-life ambient feel when using the VR headset. The controller has been ergonomically designed to given it a comfortable feel in your hand, while the controls responsiveness to hand and arm movements are impressive.
For the $199 price tag, the Oculus Go is given even the best in the business a run for their money, and as a stand-alone unit, it is changing VR hardware development as we know it. The Oculus Go makes use of an “Orientation Only” movement system, allowing user to turn their heads through a full 360-degree view.
The limitation comes in however, once you find that you are unable to move through this virtual world. Unfortunately walking or leaning will not bring you closer to the object in the distance.
The 5.5inch, 538ppi panel boasts a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440, and is sharp enough to virtually eliminate the “screen-door” effect seen in earlier VR models. Included with the Oculus Go VR headset is a glasses spacer.
This spacer is a welcome accessory for those users who wear spectacles, providing them with more room to accommodate the ocular addition.
Games and Apps
The Oculus Go comes complete with more than 1,000 new and remixed titles of games, movies, and other short-form VR experiences, as well as a relatively open submission system for apps. Perhaps the greatest ambition put forward by the Oculus Go is the new Oculus Rooms app.
Here users can customize their own social space where they can hang out with friends, play chess and other board games, or simply share photos and watch movies. It is well worth noting that the Oculus Go has the ability to support cross-platform play between itself, the Oculus Rift, and Gear VR, making playing games with friends so much easier and convenient.
The battery life of the Oculus Go is a bit of a trade off, only 2- 2.5 hours of battery life from around a 3 hour charging session. This is reduced of course, if there are programs and downloads running in the background. This is not too bad, considering that the Oculus Go is a standalone headset, free of an external power source, and running off its own processing unit. That should give it a little leeway.
To sum it all up, the Oculus Go is great for the entry level VR user, and is made to suit everyone. From the moment it leave the box until you have had enough, the Oculus Go VR headset is making waves, and setting the trend for the future of virtual reality.