The Oculus Go release date is drawing near, as the standalone virtual reality headset has appeared in filings with the Federal Communications Commission.
Facebook-owned Oculus, the company behind the Oculus Rift VR headset, will look to attract more people to try out the wonders of virtual reality with the Oculus Go.
Oculus Go Shows Up On FCC
Oculus Go, which is expected to launch early 2018, showed up at a recently discovered FCC filing. The filing, which was published in December, means that Oculus is on track with the previously stated release date for the standalone VR headset.
The FCC filing also revealed that the Oculus Go will come in two models, namely the MH-A32 model with 32 GB of storage and the MH-A64 model that doubles the storage to 64 GB. Oculus previously said that the Oculus Go will carry a price tag of $199, which will likely be for the 32 GB version. The price of the 64 GB model remains unknown.
It is also unclear whether the Oculus Go will support microSD cards for expandable memory to make sure that owners of the headset will have enough space for their favorite VR apps.
What We Know About The Oculus Go
The FCC filing did not reveal much about the Oculus Go that we do not already know, as Oculus unveiled most of the core specifications of the standalone VR headset last October.
The Oculus Go, the long-rumored standalone VR headset of Oculus, was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Oculus Connect 4 developer conference. Compared to the Oculus Rift, which requires high-end PCs worth about $1,000 on top of the cost of the headset, the Oculus Go does not need to be connected to a PC or smartphone.
The Oculus Go will be super lightweight, with high-resolution fast-switch LCD screens and built-in speakers for integrated spatial audio. Oculus Go apps will be binary compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, which was also created by Oculus.
Oculus Go vs HTC Vive Focus
HTC, the company behind Oculus Rift rival Vive, announced the Vive Focus standalone VR headset in November last year.
The Vive Focus, which will feature inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom "world-scale" tracking, also does not need a PC or smartphone such as the Oculus Go. It also eschews the base stations used by the Vive.
The Vive Focus does not have a release date yet, but it will challenge the Oculus Go once it is launched into the market.