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.
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.
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 entertainment
- Purchase entertainment
- Download entertainment for offline use
Then, explore what you’ve discovered:
- TV Shows
- Sporting Events
- 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.
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.
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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The Oculus Go is small, light weight, portable, and made for travel! Protect your VR device in this convenient storage case. Keep it safe from sun, scratches, and spills!
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