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Watch Netflix with friends, fly around outer space, or build a roller coaster — for $199.
Watch Netflix with friends, fly around outer space, or build a roller coaster — for $199.

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After a long wait, the Oculus Go VR headset (32 GB) is finally for sale, and you can snag it for $199 on Amazon. 

We know it’s annoying that it’s 2018 and teleportation isn’t a thing yet — but we are not kidding when we say that the Oculus Go is the next best thing.

So, why is the Oculus Go so badass? And why is everyone (including Mashable’s own tech reporter) so enamored with it?

We’re so glad you asked.

For starters, it’s a truly standalone headset. That means no separately purchased junk, no giant gaming desktop required, no pricey video card, and no trying to make sure that your phone stays in the headset (that is, if your phone is even compatible) — all nuisances you’d run into with VR gear like the HTC Vive, the Samsung Gear VR, or the Google Daydream View. (No shade, we’re just sayin’.)

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It’s just you, the comfy headset, insane 3D graphics, and whatever movie or zombie-infested town you decide on. 

Mashable’s Ray Wong writes:

Rooms is the first thing I showed people when I handed them Oculus Go, and it never failed to blow them away. Even friends who were extremely skeptical of VR or had written it off as a fad were impressed. 

Oculus Rooms is reason enough to get an Oculus Go if you ask me, but it’s just the start. Soon it’ll be joined by Oculus TV, a giant viewing screen for watching content in VR from the likes of Showtime, Showtime Anywhere, Red Bull, Pluto TV, Hulu, Facebook, and even ESPN and ESPN+ by the end of the year.


We’re not the only ones who love it though. Time Magazine’s review said the Oculus Go headset “is what virtual reality should have always been.” Here’s more from that review:

The Oculus Go’s ease of use is by far its best useful attribute. After setting up the headset, which required me to follow instructions via an app, all it takes to get started is simply strapping on the headset and pressing the power button. That’s it. 

Engadget said in their review that it’s “the most convenient and comfortable VR headset ever made.” Here’s more from that review:

The speakers built into the headset are amplified by the contours of the faceplate. They’re surprisingly loud and clear, but don’t mistake them for headphones — everyone around you will hear what you’re playing. If you want some privacy, you’ll still have to plug in headphones.

PC Mag reviewed the Oculus Go in March and had this to say:

Through all of the demos, I appreciated not having a single cables to deal with. While the lack of position tracking, and the fact that the singular motion controller isn’t as functional as the Oculus Touch, hold the Oculus Go back from being truly comparable with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it’s still a more fluid and compelling experience than any phone-based VR headset I’ve tested. And everything looked crisp and consistent, even if I couldn’t track where my controller was in front of me without peeking.

Another cool thing coming soon is Oculus Venues, which will allow you to experience sports, concerts, and other events around the world through your headset. Goodbye, fighting to the death over pre-sale tickets.

Though there are a few sick features that you’ll still have to wait for, it’s totally worth it to snag the Oculus Go now (before it sells out). Some of the awesome apps already available are: Netflix, Hulu, Disney Movies VR, Nasa Space Explorers, Coaster Combat (like Roller Coaster Tycoon in the jungle), multiplayer games like Republique (from the makers of Halo), and literally 1,000 other digital worlds and experiences.

Watch movies on what feels like a theatre-sized screen.

Watch movies on what feels like a theatre-sized screen.

The Chat Area (yes, those are other apartments floating in the background).

The Chat Area (yes, those are other apartments floating in the background).

You’ll never be bored again.

Learn more and snag the 32 GB headset for $199 (or the 64 GB model for $249 if you’re feeling ambitious) on Amazon here


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