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Oculus has opened up orders for its first standalone VR headset Oculus Go, which retails at $199 United States dollars for 32 GB of storage or $249 USD for 64 GB. Both will be available on Oculus' website starting today in 23 countries, and in the U.S. you'll also be able to purchase them at Best Buy, and on Amazon and Newegg.

Unlike the established Oculus Rift, also made by the Facebook-owned company, the Oculus Go is a headset that does not require an external PC source. The Oculus Go minimizes friction and promotes a surprisingly capable baseline for bringing new consumers into VR for the first time.

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Facebook is expected to drop a new VR headset when its F8 developers conference kicks off today. Battery life is claimed to last between 1.5 and 2 hours of gaming, 2 and 2.5 hours for video viewing.

It's also wireless and features a "fast switch" LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. However, cost has been one of the biggest barriers to VR adoption, and the Oculus Go certainly addresses that aspect.

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As well as the standard 32GB version for $199, there is also a 64GB model available for $249.

Everyone attending F8 was given a free Oculus Go headset to keep. The device doesn't have the ability to track the wearer if they start walking around or even sit or stand up (what's referred to as "inside-out tracking"), meaning they'll have to remain seated to play games or watch content, unlike with the Oculus Rift. The headset is, of course, more comparable to the Gear VR when it comes to actual gameplay (they share the same game library), but Oculus has managed to make a number of improvements that make the cheap headset feel deeply luxurious to those familiar with mobile VR offerings to date. At least, until he gets nauseous.

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