Oculus Go vs Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift vs Oculus Go

Virtual Reality. It’s all the buzz right now, and rightfully so. The gaming industry is just starting to harness the power of VR entertainment and unleash it on the masses in the most incredible of ways. There’s no question that the Oculus Rift is leading the pack with the most exceptional VR system, but with the flood of Oculus Go commercials, people are asking for the lowdown on the Oculus Rift vs Oculus Go.

So, let’s take a look. Shall we?

Oculus VR is Making Headlines

With recent advancements in technology, and a promising future of continued research and modifications, people are being immersed in games and other entertainment in ways that one can hardly imagine. In my last VR article, Why Oculus VR is the Leader of Virtual Reality Gaming, I divulged some information about the long history of virtual reality development, as well as the creator of modern day VR technology and products.

In this article, I’ll cover the need to know information and specs on the Oculus Go, and why one might choose to purchase this Oculus VR product over the mighty Oculus Rift.

Introducing …

The Oculus Go

The Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

First, let’s address the primary attraction of Oculus Go:


That’s right. NO wires. NO PC.

While this may initially sound like a no brainer (why do gamers even consider the Rift if the Go is wire free?), it becomes more of a debate when you consider all of the information and specs.

What’s In The Box?

When you receive your Oculus Go, there are two pieces of equipment in the box:

1. Oculus Go Headset

The headset delivers two features. Obviously, it contains your viewing screen, which is said to provide crystal clear optics and state of the art optimized 3D graphics. The big screen, spanning 180 inches, is your personal theater for movies, concerts, virtual travel, and more.

The headset also provides built in spacial audio. Surround sound, without the need of a set of headphones.

2. Oculus Go Remote Control

The single remote control provides intuitive navigation. Supposedly, it’s easy to use with fluid response.

Oculus Go

How Does The Oculus Go Work?

First time set up is easy:

When you take your Oculus Go headset and remote out of the box for the first time, there are only a few easy steps to take to get set up:

1. You’ll need the Oculus App. This is available in the Google Play App Store. Open the App Store. Search for “Oculus.” Install. Follow the setup directions.

2. Create a User account. Choose a Username for public visibility. Fill in your necessary personal info such as Name and E-mail. Submit your configuration, and your ready to browse.

3. Search, download, or purchase entertainment.

What Can You Do With The Oculus VR App?

Once your User account setup is complete, explore the Oculus Library:

Currently housing over 1,000 titles, the Oculus Library is sure to have entertainment options for anyone.

  • Search for FREE entertainmentOculus App
  • Purchase entertainment
  • Download entertainment for offline use

Then, explore what you’ve discovered:

  • TV Shows
  • Movies
  • Games
  • Sporting Events
  • Concerts
  • Chat Rooms
  • Experiences in travel, space, surfing, mountain climbing, and other activities.

Select entertainment from popular media sources such as Hulu, Showtime, HBO, Netflix and more. Link your Oculus account to your Facebook account and explore 360 photos and videos. (Try swimming with bears!)

Oculus Go vs Oculus Rift

An Oculus VR Product Comparison

The PROS of the Oculus Go:

The Oculus Go offers more than it’s wireless capabilities.

It has the best available resolution in VR, providing unparalleled visual detail, and the ‘screen door effect’ is hardly noticeable on the Oculus Go. (This means when you turn your head, there is no noticeable lag, which means fluid response and no motion sickness.)

It offers a lot of free content through the Oculus App.

Lowest Price. At the time of writing this article, the Oculus Go (32 GB) is available at several retailers, including Amazon, for $199. At half the cost of the wired Oculus Rift, this portable unit is causing quite the sales wave. (Follow this link to view the Oculus Go 64 GB.¬†Twice the memory means twice the space for games, movies and apps… and only $50 more! Smart buy!)

What the Oculus Go is offering is a more affordable device to a larger demographic. Recent celebrity endorsed commercials are hitting the target market, well… right on target.

The CONS of the Oculus Go:

As technology would have it, anything that’s wireless needs batteries to provide a stable power source. The current run time on the rechargeable battery in the Oculus Go, as claimed by customer reviews, is 2.5 hours at best. So don’t plan to spend the day in virtual reality. You should be able to get in a full movie though before you’re brought back to the real world.

While the Oculus Go comes with a remote for user navigation, there are no hand controls! This is let down particularly for the gaming experiences, but also for any experience where touch would render major enhancement.

Oculus Go vs Oculus Rift

Final Thoughts

The Oculus Go…

  • is most affordable
  • most comfortable
  • best in resolution
  • and sounds great

BUT … only has the ability to run for a couple of hours on a charge.

This is definitely not the best VR system for gaming, but it is reported to be the best system for any type of viewing experiences.

So, why would you choose the Oculus Go over the Oculus Rift?

Shows, Movies, Concerts and other visually stimulating experiences.

If you’re looking for the best gaming VR experience, then you’ll want to stick with the Oculus Rift, for now.

Stay Tuned!

This definitely isn’t the last word in VR or VR devices. With the anticipation of the Oculus Quest, set to release in the Spring of 2019, be assured we’ll have more to write soon.

Until then, happy gaming!


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  1. Thank you for your informative article on Oculus Rift and Oculus Go,

    I must confess I have not heard of either product and am more familiar with the mainstream products such as PlayStation and Xbox. Both products sound completely unique and the fact that you appear to be able to download apps, movies and stream from Netflix appears to be a big winner. 

    My question is, are the games you can download the same type that I would expect to find on a Playstation or Xbox?

    1. Hi, and thanks for commenting here!

      Yes, Xbox and PlayStation are definitely the giants of the gaming world! VR offers a completely different type of immersive player experience. No console involved. The Rift uses a PC, and the Go is totally wireless. As far as games, there are some of the same type. I anticipate much more in the near future.

      For more info on types of games and experiences, see this article:

      Why Oculus VR is the Leader of Virtual Reality Gaming

  2. Hey there,

    Thanks for such an informative article. I’ve really enjoyed reading it and I learned something new today! As far as Oculus Go goes, I have to say, I am quite impressed by it. First of all, the huge advantage that it carries over Rift is the fact that it is cable-free (or wireless), which makes VR games honestly more immersive & does a greater job at connecting a player with that VR world because there aren’t any cables that get in your way and distract you from the overall experience. 

    I think Oculus still needs that last push, that last step to unfold a true potential of VR world. And by that last push I mean that the battery life needs improvement. While 2 and a half hours is pretty decent, once you get immersed into the world of VR it’s kinda hard to be fully aware of the time, that’s why longer battery capacity is a must have! 

    1. Hi Evald,

      Yes, the Go’s wireless capabilities are it’s strong point. I would assume that battery life is a feature that Oculus intends to improve with the next model, or so we can hope. The next Oculus device, the Quest, is said to combine the best of the Rift and the Go, so time will tell what that unleashes. I’m definitely excited to see it. 

      Here’s another article of mine you may like:

      Why Oculus VR is the Leader of Virtual Reality Gaming

      Thanks for your comment!

  3. This is a very thorough review of this Oculus Go. I have to admit I don’t have much experience with video games. but I have to say I found your post very easy to understand.

    Anyway,  it sounds to me like, if someone is strictly looking for a game experience, then the Rift is the way to go. Also  you mentioned that one has to download the app and it contains a lot of free content my question is does the App itself cost anything, or is it free?

    Thank you for this post.

    1. Hi Rose!

      Thanks for commenting here, and good question!

      At this time, the Oculus App is free through the Play Store. Once installed, some content is free, and some is for purchase.

  4. I think that I would prefer the Oculus Go because it is wireless making it easier to be mobile even with charge time people need to limit their time on electronics today for more reasons than just one.  I do prefer the virtual reality games over the other systems for the optics and feel of involvement like you are right in the game.  As far as watching movies on these this is the best thing about them I prefer to watch the movies over playing games with them.



    1. Hi Susan!

      Yes, the mobility of the Go is definitely it’s primary attraction! Great for using anywhere! Since you prefer movies over gaming, the Go would make more sense for you than the Rift.

      Thanks for commenting here!

  5. Hello – very interesting article about the Oculus Go.  I am not familiar with that product, but you have provided a great review that will help anyone decide whether or not they want to purchase it.  The virtual reality world is amazing and technology keeps improving all the time.

    Thanks for all the information in your post.  Nice job.


  6. I really am interested in getting one of these to bring my gaming experience alive. Technology is advancing everyday. After reading your article I am more motivated to go get one of these. I just gotta decide which one because both sound amazing and unique from your article. I have a question tho. I already have games for Xbox 1. Can I use them for this system? 

    Thanks for sharing 

    1. Hi Jamiro!

      Thanks for your comment, and great question!

      The answer, is … kind of. Xbox, or Microsoft, doesn’t have a branded VR product, like the PlayStation VR. 

      If you buy the Oculus Rift, you can enter the Oculus App Store, and you can download and install “Xbox One Streaming.” This does not provide immersive VR. This provides a big screen with virtual room backdrop (which you can choose from a few options). 

      For the best experience, I would continue your Xbox games in your usual manner (unless you play on a small screen, then you may like the stream option), and explore the Oculus App for new immersive VR entertainment and games. There’s a lot to choose from!

      Be sure to check back soon for more VR content, as 2019 is promising big things!

  7. Thanks for sharing an article on this. I have gone through it and sincerely I haven’t heard of Oculus Go. In this part of the world – we are in Africa – we are used to play station, Xbox, Nintendo. But with your review on this device I think experiencing virtual reality in gaming videos is an experience anyone would love to have. Your post is straightforward and explanatory.

    Thanks for this. 

    1. Hi, and thanks for commenting here!

      Wouldn’t it be great to get one and introduce the technology to your area?!! 

      At less than $200, the Go is definitely the most affordable way to experience VR. It’s a great introductory product with access to games, movies, chat rooms, and other VR activities. And it’s mobile! So if you’ve got a good internet connection there, I’d give it a try!

      You may also like this article: Why Oculus VR is the Leader of Virtual Reality Gaming

      Happy gaming!

  8. Oculus Rift and Oculus Go are both great VR devices. After going through your article I think for me personally Oculus Go has an upper hand. I love how the Oculus Go doesn’t have any wires which can be a great convenience for me. I’m going to save up money and buy Oculus Go. 

    Thank you for the insightful review on both these VR devices. 

    1. Hi Sujandar!

      Thank you for commenting here!

      Wire free VR is definitely some cool tech to have, and the Oculus Go is the most affordable device offering VR entertainment at home or with you when you travel. I would recommend the 64GB. For the extra $50, you get TWICE the memory space for 2x as many games, apps, and movies! It’s the best value.  Enjoy!

  9. This is just what I was looking for. My son birthday is coming up soon and I need something special to surprise him, since he has so much already it is really hard to impress him. But after reading your review I know exaclty what to buy, he is alwasy been talking about the Virtual Reality and it seems to be like the perfect gift for a teenager that is into all sorts of gadgets. Thank you so so much

    1. Hi Barbara!

      Your welcome, and I think your son will definitely be impressed this birthday! Thank you for visiting our site!

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