Oculus Go - 32GB Stand-Alone Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Go is the easiest way to jump into virtual reality. For the first time, Oculus brings you a truly standalone VR headset—with no additional devices required while in VR. Oculus Go is portable, comfortable, and easy to use. Just put it on, switch it on, and watch a movie on a 180" screen, catch a concert from the first row, play a game, or hang out with friends.

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Overview

What's Included


  • AA battery
  • Charging Cable
  • Lens cloth
  • Oculus Go Stand-Alone Virtual Reality Headset
  • Oculus bluetooth controller with touchpad and buttons
  • Owner's manual
  • Printed accessory folio with quick start instructions

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
82% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 32)

Features


Lightweight Headset

Designed with innovative, breathable fabrics and injection foam molding developed for professional athletes.

Wide Quad, Fast-Switch LCD

Dramatically improves visual clarity and reduces screen-door effect.

Next-generation Oculus Lenses

Offering a wide field of view with significantly reduced glare.

Integrated Spatial Audio

Speakers built into the headset, transporting you straight into VR and making the headset easy to share with someone else.

Standalone VR

No additional devices required while in VR (Oculus Go requires the Oculus Companion App, downloadable from the iOS and Android store on a smartphone).

32GB of memory

Allows you to store a collection of digital photos, clips, videos and games just right on the Go.


Overall customer rating

4.2
82%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I like it; room for improvement

    Posted
    TUBuckeye29
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I originally invested in a Daydream VR. Pretty good inexpensive device for VR; but the overall experience depends on how good your phone is on the VR side. My phone, while awfully great as a smartphone, just didn't cut it as the "brain" for a VR headset: stutter at times, overheated after 20 minutes, and the display shifting was a HUGE problem. None of these things is a problem with the Oculus Go. 100% smooth playback every time (so far); it warms up, but not frighteningly so like a smartphone sandwiched in the Daydream; and, very importantly, once I sync the display it stays where it's supposed to. The fact that you don't regularly have to open & expose one side of the headset lenses to open air (dust & particles) like you do with the Daydream means less need to wipe & clean - and less THINGS to wipe & clean (headset lenses, smartphone display - and, in my case, eyeglass lenses w/the Daydream). The Go has a spacer you can insert if you will be wearing glasses, and it works well (a little tricky to put in - but luckily there's a video you can watch). Streams my 1080p & 1440p videos without a hitch. Overall I think this was a great investment. That being said, there are some cons that I find with this device. - pricing for storage: they should've released only a 64GB option, and for the price that the 32GB is selling for. You don't realize how little 32GB (more like 23GB after factoring out OS & basic apps) actually is, considering you're likely to be watching high-def vids on this headset. Of course, it's not much of a factor if you'll be using this primarily for streaming - whether from media apps like Netflix, or from your personal network. - Battery life: so far I only have utilized the headset to watch some sideloaded TV episodes, usually only 2-3 at a time. So while I haven't come close to reaching the advertised battery operating time of 2.5 hours, based on the percentage I see after watching 40-50 minutes of video I feelthat 2.5 is prob the best I can expect in one sitting. It'll be less if you're streaming; and it makes me sad to think that the first time I watch a feature film on this headset it could die/power off 5min before the movie ends. Hopefully a firmware update comes out in the future that can improve battery life. - "Sleep" mode: it's annoying that when you plug this headset in to charge, it turns on for a bit, and then goes into a rest state. If you jostle the headset, it could wake back up, sipping juice and extending the charge time. In order to fully turn the headset off, you have to put it on AFTER plugging in the charger, hold the power button, then use the remote to accept a full power down. Once you unplug the headset, it auto-powers on: so you have to go through steps again if you're not using the headset right away. It's a bit tedious. - Confirm access for sideloading: probably my biggest "con." Although I could stream videos from my personal network, I prefer to sideload videos into the headset storage. And b/c of the 20-23GB of free space, that can lead to frequent delete + add events. It's not QUITE as quick & simple as plugging a micro-USB cable between the headset and your computer: once you patch the headset in, you have to put the headset on, sync the remote, and then ACCEPT the connection to PC. Every... single... time.... Firmware update allowing you to either have the headset recognize/save the PC identity, or to disable the requirement to accept each time, would be fab. - No Bluetooth audio: this one could be big for some people. The headset does have pretty tremendous external speakers with great quality. But my preference is to use headphones so I can blast the audio without disturbing anyone. The headset has a 3.5mm jack; but for those who have gone totally wireless with headphones, this will pose a challenge. - No "HBO Go" app: really a childish gripe on my part. As mentioned, there's Netflix; Hulu and Showtime apps are also available. The HBO Go app would be great to have for "GoT." Aside from those: once you have your media ready and pop this headset on, it's a fantastic VR experience and you can get some great enjoyment out of them for media viewing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bring your VR experience anywhere!

    Posted
    PaulSteffen

    Really, I can't stress how great this is. I have several VR devices going back to the late 80's, as well as PSVR, Okulus DK1, LG 360VR, HP Mixed Reality. They're all pretty good, but require a lot of tedious setup, a high-end PC and heavy cables. The Oculus Go is just simple and beautiful! Put it on and Go! Image quality is pretty great - better resolution than the PSVR. The device contains pretty good built-in speakers but you can plug in your own headphones for better sound. 2.5 hours on a charge is great, but can plug in a USB cable and charge it while in use as well. The Go is not going to compete with a high-end gaming rig but it's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor is actually a fairly beefy smartphone system-on-chip, and can definitely push decent 3D visuals out to the effectively 2560x1440 (1280x1440 per eye) display. Importantly, it handles decoding 4k H.265 video easily in harrdware which is going to be important for streaming 360 VR on slower internet connections. The Go is a GREAT movie watching device, which comes with an app that streams movies from a local UPNP/DLNA server, and at least 2 more in the Oculus store. I'm excited about the ability to bring my portable 3TB wifi drive and stream HD/4k/360VR movie when I travel. The Oculus store currently has a lot of 3rd-rate junk, but there are a few good games like the gorgeous Lands End and Virtual Virtual Reality (like Stanley Parable in VR with regretable voice acting). Hopefully Trinus VR ports their streaming app to the Go which would allow the Go to act as a decent PC VR device. Social aspects of the Go are really interresting via Oculus Rooms and Bigscreen. You can invite several people to share in movie watching (with voice chat) or share pictures from your phone (using the Oculus smartphone app). Unfortunately, the Go does not do head tracking (yet?) so you can't stand up and walk around, lean or look under things like you can with others like the PSVR. Technically that could be added with a camera accessory but it's not a big deal. I may be biased as a longtime fan of VR but I really do recommend this product. I've had mine for several days now and bring it with me everywhere. I can pull it out anytime and watch a movie inside my own little movie space and really can tune out the world for a few hours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive first generation product

    Posted
    daedalus
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is my first VR headset so I don't have anything to compare it with. I didn't want to purchase a high-end PC connected headset since I'm not a gamer, nor did I want to strap my phone to my head. With a $199 price tag and a dedicated screen, the Oculus Go seemed perfect for me--and it turned out to be so, exceeding my expectations. What were my expectations to begin with? Well, at minimum, I didn't want to get dizzy or get headaches. I wear glasses and occasional headaches aren't foreign to me. To be honest, I did get extremely dizzy with the Go the first couple of days--but I think this had more to do with me getting used to VR, in general, than the fact that there is something wrong with the Go. I learned a few tricks to make the experience comfortable for me: lowering the screen brightness, adjusting the straps so that the console wasn't too tight/loose, aligning the screen perfectly with my line of vision to have clear focus, and avoiding looking at the edges of the screen (some sort of virtual parallax causes blurriness). In future iterations, I hope the Oculus makes the device lighter and have a stronger battery life. Other than that, the good outweighs the bad by a long shot. The resolution is fantastic--although you can still differentiate individual pixels since your eyes are centimeters away from the display. The VR experiences, like Jurassic Park, are really well made and can give you (good) jitters. Games such as first person shooter utilize the hand-held controller seamlessly. The speakers (invisible and attached with the straps) are also remarkable in that they give you an impression of surround-sound without putting anything into your ears--you can also plug in a headphone if you want. Overall, for an average VR enthusiast like me, this is a great device at a great price. I think the Oculus Go makes an impressive argument for adoption of VR in general. It challenges new users to give it a try and developers to create novel experiences.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best standalone headset available...for now.

    Posted
    VRDev
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I currently own both the Samsung Gear VR and the Google Daydream View. I also develop applications for 'high end' pc-based headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. I initially had low expectations for the Oculus Go considering it lacked positional tracking, ran at a sub-90 refresh rate, and used an LCD display. Additionally, my previous experiences with mobile VR were full of minor issues that added friction to using the devices: phones would overheat during long sessions, the screen would fog up, headphones would get tangled up. I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the Oculus Go. It is a great piece of hardware for the price point. I did not run into any of the same issues that I had with the GearVR and Daydream. Out of all the VR headsets that I own, the Oculus Go had the least amount of hassle getting into VR. There is no inserting of phones, no additional headphones required thanks to their integrated audio...you just slip the headset on and you're good to go. Although the current crop of mobile experiences lack the complexity of their PC counterparts and the lack of positional tracking compromises immersion, there are still plenty of great bite-sized experiences to be had. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a hassle-free experience with VR. Eventually this headset will be surpassed by mobile headsets with positional tracking from both Google and Oculus, but software will still need to catch up to the capabilities of that new hardware. In the meantime, Oculus Go is the best experience to be had in mobile VR and worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for a standalone VR experience

    Posted
    hien34
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Personal experience with the HTC Vive all the way down to Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR (2nd edition) had me interested in the Oculus Go as a solid middle-ground. It's basically got the guts of a recent flagship smartphone with a great LCD, internal storage, decent speakers right at ear-level, and wifi/BT so you can go cable-free. Sure you can't push pixels like a dedicated gaming headset, but for watching Netflix, Plex, or even using the Bigscreen VR app to stream your desktop, this thing is awesome. For more comfort you can even watch Netflix (and other supported apps) lying down. It's much better than staring at your small phone screen for hours. As they continue to add content and apps, this thing will get better and better. The battery is smallish - so expect 2.5 hours max when watching videos. They recommend not using it plugged in (probably for safety reasons - yanking the cord or headset or knocking things over), but I think in a prone position while binge-watching might be OK. Personally, I'm not into VR games so I didn't check those out, but there are a lot of good, free experiences, 360 videos, and some games on the Oculus store which makes this a great value overall. Note - mine had a strong, chemical or plastic odor - I will let it air out and hopefully it goes away!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best overall Standalone VR device

    Posted
    Dude
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Go is great for people trying VR for the first time. Extremely easy to setup and use. It's fairly comfortable and you have built-in speakers in the straps, or you can use your own headphones if you desire. There's a microphone also built in so you can communicate with other people or browse the Oculus store by voice i.e. Open Netflix. There's a little bit for everyone some of the best IMHO Games: Virtual Virtual Reality, Coaster Combat, Dead or Alive, Daedalus Along Together 360 experience you don't want to miss: Blue, 360 Explorers, Next VR content, some NY times pieces Media - Netflix, Oculus Venues, Hulu, Oculus Browser for mainly Youtube Social - Oculus Venues, Oculus rooms, AltspaceVR A lot more. Some of the titles are free, but the majority of the apps run from 1.99 to 9.99. The only real downside that I noticed is the battery life. Since you may use it a lot, the battery life is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on what you are using. The charging is done with a micro USB port. If you are a heavy user, you may want to purchase a 30 to 40 dollar portable battery pack. Btw ..I had several people try it, and no one mentioned motion sickness or feeling queasy. One person did take the headset off quickly after playing "coaster combat" because he's afraid of roller coasters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing portable vr

    Posted
    Jerv
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I am actually stunned with this product and as a bonus any former Samsung gear vr owner like me can restore all there old purchases. So far does not seem to overheat like gear vr with great battery life of about 2 to 3 hours depending on app. There is so much free content on store from Star Wars Disney Jurassic Park and free apps like discovery vr and dark corner vr that you get way more content than any current console. The controller is great for controlling games and as a floating mouse for the built in web. Also all my vr photos and videos I have created with my lg 360 work flawlessly as does my content from Facebook. An incredible device that is great without all the wires that my htc Vive and ps vr have. I highly recommend and can’t wait to use on a plane and show my family when I visit next. Steal at 199 with all the free content available.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent starter set for VR

    Posted
    Jamie
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    I want to start by saying I've tried pretty much all the main consumer VR headsets. I currently own a Gear VR, Google Daydream and PlayStation VR system, and have tried the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This headset impressed me the most, mainly due to its portability and ease of use. It's basically a Gear VR but without the need of the phone. The screen resolution is excellent and the field of view is better than most. Battery life is average at around 2 hours. The headset is very comfortable and the only one I can keep on for a long period of time. $199 is a steal, especially is you've been holding off on getting into VR.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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