Today, during the first keynote speech of Facebook's F8 event, Mark Zuckerberg was on hand to chat about various upcoming plans for the social network, including the standalone VR headset Oculus GO as well as when we might be able to expect it. Surprisingly, the units are shipping out today -- not at the end of the year, not some nebulous time in the future, but right now. Talk about a shock announcement.
Here's what you're looking at in terms of the Oculus GO's specs:
- 190mm x 105mm x 115mm, 468g
- 5.5” 2560 x 1440 WQHD fast-switch LCD screen running at 60Hz or 72Hz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform
- Integrated speakers and microphone
- Battery Life: 1.5-2 hours for gaming, or 2-2.5 for video-watching.
Not only did Zuckerberg make Oculus GO fans happy with the announcement that the unit was shipping today, but he also wowed the crowd with the fact that everyone in attendance at F8 would be getting a free unit, no strings attached. Unsurprisingly, that seemed to be the biggest hit of the conference.
You can pick up Oculus Go right now for preorder in either the 64GB or 32GB varieties for $199.00 and $249.00 respectively, if you weren't lucky enough to be in attendance at F8 this year. Better luck next time, though this probably isn't a stunt Facebook is going to pull that often, giving out free headsets and all.
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