Oculus GO – Facebook’s budget VR headset review
The world of virtual reality headsets is becoming increasingly broad and competitive. There are high-end products, such as Oculus Rift and HTC …
The world of virtual reality headsets is becoming increasingly broad and competitive. There are high-end products, such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and products instead designed for ordinary people, which offer certainly more limited visual experiences, but capable of making users passionate about what was totally unthinkable until a few years ago: virtual reality. Today we go to review Oculus GO, the economic viewer produced by the famous Chinese company Xiaomi which is suitable for all those who want to try a new experience without having the clutter of wires, but above all, without spending a lot of money. Let’s go find out!
Oculus GO it is contained inside a nice very compact box, which however allows you to contain the viewer for Virtual Reality in an adequately safe way, thus protecting it from any damage due to accidental impacts. Inside we also find a controller to be used together with the viewer (very similar to that proposed by Samsung for its Samsung Gear VR) and a small cardboard box containing a USB charger and its cablean additional support to be placed on the viewer to allowuse of the same with eyeglassesan AA battery to be used to power the controller and a safety lanyard to apply to the controller to prevent it from accidentally falling during our VR experiences.
Oculus GO has a very simple, but at the same time captivating line. Composed of good quality materials and externally very similar to its direct rival, Samsung Gear VR, this one presents however inside a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 microprocessor and a WQHD resolution screen, thus allowing the user to use their smartphone for other purposes. The padding and the straps that keep the visor firmly fixed to the head are comfortable and never annoying and, thanks to the additional support, even people who wear eyeglasses can use this object without any kind of problem and hassle. The controller is small, but very comfortable and responds well to commandsbut unlike the Samsung viewer, the one produced by Xiaomi it doesn’t have any kind of controller directly on the viewerthus forcing the user to always have a spare battery in order not to get stuck during their experience.
- Resolution: 2560 × 1440
- Refresh Rate: 60-72Hz
- Processor: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821
- Internal memory: 32GB / 64GB (depends on purchased version)
- Controller: yes
- Connections: 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB port
- Internal audio: Yup
- Compatibility with glasses: Yup
- Weight: 468g
Although the processor integrated in the viewer is not exactly of the latest generation, we are talking about a hardware mounted in some high-end smartphones of a few years ago, alreadyochi and movies run on Oculus GO are no problem, always appearing fluid and pleasant. However, we must compromise with the speed of uploads when starting applications, which sometimes leave us for a few seconds with a completely black screen or almost. There image quality is good and comparable to that of other viewers for the Virtual Reality currently on the market. On the other hand, the refresh rate is almost always sufficient to provide you with a pleasant and inconvenience-free experience, but in the more animated scenes a few more Hz would certainly have mitigated the phenomenon of motion sickness.
The real Achilles heel of this viewer, however, is its autonomy: if you watch a movie in fact you will have about two hours of autonomy, this will drop drastically to just over an hour and a quarter using virtual reality video games. Unfortunately, the recharging of the headset is not particularly fast, therefore forcing the user to short gaming or binge watching sessions.
The price for Oculus GO is more than affordable for those who want to start their first experience in the world of Virtual Reality. True, it certainly costs more than the Samsung Gear VR, its direct rival, but we must consider that to use the viewer of the South Korean company you need a high-end smartphone, significantly increasing the overall cost compared to the object we reviewed. Oculus GO it can in fact be purchased by a starting price of 219 euros for the 32 GB viewer (version we reviewed), but there is also a 64GB version on the market that costs 269 euros.