Christmas has passed now and it seems that I was on Santa’s nice list this year because I got a pretty awesome gift. Santa (via my wife) got me the Oculus Go Virtual Reality headset. It was totally unexpected and definitely the “wow” gift of this Christmas. Let me tell you about this awesome high tech toy.
Oculus Go is a standalone virtual reality headset which does not need to be connected to a phone or PC. It is a very immersive entertainment device. You can watch movies, play games, browse the Internet and many other things. Just today I orbited Mars, watched some scenes from “The Greatest Showman” and played arcade basketball. When I talk about this being an immersive device, you feel like you are in it and not just watching it. There is nothing that compares to it. Thanks to YouTubeVR you can also view thousands of videos in 180 degree or 360 degree video. Even when it isn’t filmed for a VR device, watching standard video clips are still pretty good as it is like watching them on your own 30-foot screen. The crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics makes the Oculus Go feel more like a personal theater.
The device comes with a nifty controller that you can use with one hand so you can navigate through apps and games. It is very comfortable to use.
The audio is really better than you would expect with very good quality. You really don’t need headphones unless you don’t want to disturb people around you. Although you can’t connect headphones with Bluetooth, you can use a short 3.5 mm cable to connect without getting tangled up with any cables.
Some of the things I have done so far with the headset is watch a bowl game on ESPN, played a virtual mystery game (which ended up scaring me pretty badly), checking Facebook, using a meditation app to virtually sit next to a waterfall or in front of a fireplace. There are so many uses for this headset that I am sure I haven’t even come close to all the capabilities of this amazing high tech device.
The only thing that is a downer is the battery life which is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. In reality, it is probably a good thing so you can give your eyes a rest from the headset and it’s still long enough to watch a movie or play your fill of games. I hope that my cable service provider will eventually be available so I can stream my TV to it as well.
The Oculus Pro is a little pricey but you do get what you pay for and the quality it worth it. The 32GB model is $199 and the 64GB headset is $249.
I have been very impressed with the Oculus Go and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a personal VR headset. It has been an exciting device to use. I didn’t ask for it but I’m really glad that “Santa” brought it. I’m eager to go get it right now after finishing this blog. In fact, I wish I could use the headset to write this blog.
If you are looking for me, you will find me in the virtual world.