A trailer for the Oculus Go has been embedded above. The headset costs $199 for the version with 32GB of onboard storage, and $249 for the 64GB variety.
The Oculus Go is a standalone and wireless virtual reality headset which Facebook's Oculus hopes will make VR accessible to more people. Battery life is set around 2 hours for playing games, and about 2.5 hours when you're streaming media and video content. In fact, attendees might even be getting their own Go to take home. The headset's design echoes that and the experience once you jump in. As reported earlier today, the $199 Oculus Go VR headset is now available for pre-order on amazon.com.
There have been various solutions in the past to get cheap VR into the hands of consumers. It's still a 3DoF controller, but it feels more robust than the laser pointer with buttons that mobile headsets have had previously.
You might not get a Go for free, but you can still watch along to the keynote.
Discovered by RoadtoVR, Reddit user theDarthonly shared a photo of sixteen Oculus Go units on display at a Fayetteville, Arkansas Best Buy, some marked 32GB and others 64GB, matching previously-known storage capacity options for the headset. Nor does it require a separate smartphone to provide the screen and brains of the device. In the course of showing it to a friend, that was enough time for him to decide that maybe he didn't want to try that app that much after all.
That architecture has helped Facebook and Oculus keep the price down, of course, but it has also forced some compromises.