Hello everyone. This is our Oculus Go review video. We have been playing with it over a week now and we feel like we can show you guys what to expect. And just turn on those subtitles if you need them. And without further ado. Let’s jump straight in. The Oculus Go is a standalone Virtual Reality device released on May 1st. It is seen by many as the device that will make VR mainstream because of the following reasons: Its affordable price It’s wireless! You also don’t need a powerful PC to support it anymore But how does the Oculus Go compare to the high end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive? And should you buy it? As two VR users that have almost two years of Virtual Reality experience, we will answer these questions in this review video. In the box you’ll receive the headset, controller, lanyard for controller, eyeglass spacer, usb cable, AA battery for the controller and a lens cloth. The box inside can be used later as a headset stand as we do here…
Yes… well designed boxes makes us happy ? The gray design of the Oculus Go looks slick and beautiful. The front area is made from plastic and the back area is fully covered by a soft breathable plush. It feels like a pillow, which is very comfortable on the face. The front panel has a subtle color difference, it has a more glossy finishing touch. Pretty in my opinon. The straps that goes over your head are flexible and also easy to adjust. The downside to this compared to a rigid strap is that the headset gets more front heavy, which makes the headset kind of drag down on the face. This could make the headset uncomfortable after using it for a few hours. The advantage of this is however that you can very comfortably lie down with the headset and watch a movie in bed or play seated without feeling the strap.
When wearing the headset there is some light leakage through the bridge of the nose. You can look down for example and see “real-life”. This can be bothersome to some people as it might break immersion. However, not everyone finds this distracting. I for one find it nice to be able to see where I’m at and sometimes I completely forget about the light when playing a game or watching a movie. For me the headset feels good to wear and is just very easy to put on. An overall well designed product for its price. The headset has 3 Degrees of Freedom (3DoF), which means you can look around you with the headset in 360 degrees, but you cannot lean forward or move your real-life body to make you move inside the virtual world. You are stuck in place and can only move by pressing a button on the controller for example. The high end VR headsets like HTC Vive and Rift are 6 Degrees of Freedom and this means you can move around freely in the virtual world. The controller itself is also 3 Degrees of Freedom.
Which means you can see the controller being tracked, but you can’t move your hands towards an object to pick it up like you can with the Oculus Rift Touch controllers. The controller here is used more as a point and click system. This limitation in freedom of movement is probably the biggest difference between the Go and the high end headsets. But does it bother me as a gamer? Well, I thought it would bother me more, but the games on the Go are still fun. They are just more simple than on the PC VR headsets, it’s like playing a mobile game versus playing a game on the PC. However, when watching a movie or VR video you don’t really need 6DoF, so the headset is amazing for that.
Especially with the higher resolution that you get with the Go, which we will go over in a bit. The setup is simple too. Just install the Oculus Home app on your phone, register and you are quickly set to install apps or games to play in the headset. You can do it on your phone or in the headset itself. The software might need some more updates to add features that might come in handy, but as of now there is enough to do while we wait, since the Oculus Go has access to more than a 1000 GearVR games and apps. Our favorite apps are Netflix, Bigscreen and AltSpace. Apps that allows us to watch movies and series while lying down and social VR apps where we are exploring virtual worlds with others. One thing that had me surprised is its speaker audio. There are no built-in headphones, but you can connect your own using the mm audio jack. If you don’t want to use headphones, you can use it’s built-in speakers.
The sound comes out of the slits of the plastic arms of the Go and it is directed to the user’s ear. So when you are wearing the headset you can hear the sound comfortably, but people outside won’t be bothered as much. They can hear what you play, but not as loud as the one wearing the headset. The sound may be just OK, but this design had me surprised at how easy it made it for me to put on my headset without any hassle.
Because I can just put it on and get into VR within 5 seconds. The 5.5-inch display houses two Fresnell lenses with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (1280 x 1440 per eye). and they are impressive. The resolution is higher than their older brother and sister Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, so there is noticeably less screen door effect now. The godrays and glare are still there since the lenses are the same, but they do seem less on the Go. There is enough battery life for about to hours depending on the app you’re using. The charge time is about 3 hours so the battery life VS charging time is not ideal.
However you are getting an all-in-one wireless VR headset that you can take anywhere you want, so we are more impressed than bothered. There are people around the web who are posting images of using external batteries for power as a solution. One last thing worth mentioning is that you can use an eyeglass spacer to create more room in the VR headset for anyone wearing glasses and its just in the box. So do we think you should buy this headset? Well, if you are a hardcore gamer you might not like the headset as much because of its limitations in movement. But if you are looking for an affordable entertainment headset then the Oculus Go is a really comfortable and convenient choice. Even for me, a VR gamer that loves 6 degrees of freedom movement using my Rift and Vive, I find that I am using the Go more because of how easy I can put it on my head while sitting on my couch or lying in bed. Playing casual games on the Go and joining social VR apps to meet people all around the world, while feeling like they are right next to me, is really impressive and fun.
And this device can be easily brought with you to show off VR to friends and family or even to play party games. We have done just that and have gotten tremendous positive reactions. So we really do think that Oculus has done a good job at making Virtual Reality more accessible. Definitely if you are a first time VR user, the Oculus Go is a good starting point. Check out our links down below to see where you can buy an Oculus Go headset. Well, I hope you liked the video. And let us know in the comments below if you are going to get the Go or if you already own it and what you think of it.
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