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Oculus’ Hugo Barra Unboxes the new Oculus Go

The standalone headset has launched today.

The Oculus Go standalone head-mounted display (HMD) has launched today, available in 23 countries via Oculus.com with those in the US also able to purchase the headset from Amazon, Newegg and Best Buy. The company has released plenty of details today during the Facebook Developers Conference, with Facebook VP of VR Hugo Barra taking to the stage as part of the keynote address. Barra has reappeared again this time in a new unboxing video for Oculus Go.

Oculus Go GDC Promo 02

If you’ve been keeping up the VRFocus’ coverage then you’ll know that Oculus Go is fairly big news, with the company looking to offer a higher quality virtual reality (VR) experience than smartphone compatible headsets with a dedicated device that’s not only affordable but also easy to use.

With a starting price of $199 USD, the Oculus Go sits firmly between Gear VR and Oculus Rift, offering around two hours of gameplay on a single charge, and thanks to compatibility with the Gear VR platform there are plenty of apps and videogames to play straight away.

In the video below Barra runs through what you actually get in the box, a headset, 3DoF controller and various accessories including a wrist strap, lens cleaning cloth and a glasses spacer for users who wear specs. While the actual unboxing is fairly uninteresting itself Barra does make some interesting comments about Oculus Go, revealing that the 5.5” 2560 x 1440 WQHD, fast-switch LCD display offers a higher resolution than its bigger brother, the Oculus Rift.

Oculus Go Lenses

Barra also showcases how the built in spatial audio works with the speakers built into the main body of the unit, then the arms are hollow to transmit the sound to users ears. He does also note that Oculus Go includes a headphone socket should users wish use their own cans.

For those interested in buying the new headset check out the video below. As further announcements are made, VRFocus will keep you updated.

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