UPDATE: The Oculus Go virtual reality headset is shipping today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at Facebook’s F8 developer conference.
A 32GB version will cost $199 and a 64GB retails for $249. The Oculus website says the device will ship between May 1 and 11, while Amazon has one-day delivery turnaround. Best Buy has the headset available online and in-stores and says it is the only retailer with demos starting tomorrow.
In addition to the new headset, Oculus launched the Oculus Go store, with more than 1,000 games and apps. Several new experiences are designed to help people connect once they’ve strapped on their headsets.
Oculus TV lets users watch a variety of shows and channels and host watch parties with friends in a virtual living room. Oculus Venues transports users to virtual stadiums and concert venues to watch games and shows with fellow Oculus users. Oculus updated its Oculus Rooms service, a virtual hangout space where users can decorate their room and play games with friends.
Original story below.
Evidence is piling up that Facebook-owned Oculus is gearing up to launch its low-cost, standalone virtual reality headset Oculus Go, possibly as soon as later today.
A pre-release page for the headsets popped up on Amazon and a Reddit user spotted a display case of Oculus Go units at a Best Buy at a Fayetteville, Arkansas Best Buy. Meanwhile, several attendees at Facebook’s big F8 developer conference happening this week have posted photos of a sign suggesting that everyone there will get free Oculus Go headsets tomorrow, May 2.
— Jeff Crusey (@JeffCrusey) May 1, 2018
It’s been rumored for awhile now that Facebook would release Oculus Go as part of F8 this year, and the Oculus Go website lists an arrival date of “early 2018.” The reveal could come as soon as Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific this morning, which can be streamed online.
The headset, announced last October, starts at $199, and it functions like the Samsung Gear VR headset with many of the same apps. But it stands out because it does not require a separate computer — a smartphone locked into the device or a PC to tether to — to operate.