It didn't take long for Amazon to sell out of however many units of the Oculus Go it made available to preorder this morning-just a few hours after appearing online around midnight PT, according to Digital Trends. It works on its own, with an included controller device, and uses inside-out tracking instead of the typical outside-in tracking we've seen on high-end VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. There have been rumors that Facebook would release the Oculus Go at the F8. Amazon says that it "does not know when or if this item will be back in stock". 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. Amazon is taking pre-orders for the Oculus Go, but has not revealed a shipping date.
Behind a glass case, the user saw both 32gb and 64gb versions of the device. As far as pricing goes, it will retail for $199 for the 32GB variant, while the 64GB model will be priced at $249.More news: Play with Lexington native nominated for 10 Tony Awards
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The hardware is the company's first standalone headset and has launched with more than 1,000 apps, games and experiences. They've done this by building vents into the plastic headset strap arms on the sides of the headset; the audio isn't great, and they leak a lot of noise, but I'm so glad the company did this as it makes getting people set up in VR that much easier. On the outside, it resembles some of the VR headsets on the market that rely on a connecting smartphone for their brains and/or screens, such as Google's Daydream View.
Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware, expecting that the technology could one day move from a niche interest to a widely used platform for gaming, communication and business applications.