I bought this during the Cyber Monday deals since I've been curious about this device for a while. I had previously experienced VR through an Oculus Rift we have at work, PSVR at home, and also trying out various little experiences on Google Cardboard. Up until now, VR has *never* grabbed me... I could never see the appeal. The main barrier for me was also the hassle of setup, and annoying cables, and just a generally clunky experiences (e.g. taking headset on/off to fiddle with synching PS Move controllers, and to change game discs, etc). VR just always felt like too much trouble. The idea of the Oculus Go as a self contained, easy to use unit really appealed to me... but after my experiences to date, I was not sure I would use it much... But I wanted to try anyway... Well, I was so happy to be proven wrong!
Since getting the Oculus Go, I have used it everyday, and everytime until the battery ran out, and I always find myself wanting more... and wanting it to hurry up and recharge already!!
The Go is super easy to use. Just put it on like a pair of goggles... and you're instantly in your own VR world. There's no wires. It's very convenient. The built-in speakers are great. (It is very convenient not to need headphones.) I also love the Oculus Go's user interface. While you're in VR, you can easily start and switch between apps. You can also download new apps. There are a lot of apps to try, and there is a lot of streaming content that you can browse and access right away. I am never bored when I'm using the Go. There's so much to find and discover. I feel like I can stay in VR forever! :P
The VR YouTube app is a highlight. There is SO much VR content on YouTube. You can be there for hours streaming the videos... As it's streaming, it's like your regular YouTube browsing experience. You can easily jump into a VR video, check it out for a bit, and move on if it's not for you, and try something else. There's so much to try. I've found a bunch of things that I love already. (One awesome thing with the VR YouTube app is that you can save videos for "offline" use. So you can cache a bunch of cool things to show your friends.)
The Netflix app is another highlight! You will find yourself in a comfy lodge watching Netflix on a 100 inch TV! It's really comfortable, and I was surprised that I like watching shows in VR on the Oculus Go more than watching them on my laptop screen! It's comfortable, immersive, and feels like you've escaped into a private retreat. (I look forward to trying this on a plane!)
There are various movie player apps available (including a built in one) to play movie files that you copy onto the Oculus Go, and it is fantastic watching those in the VR cinema!
There are also a lot of games available. The games are more basic than games that you'd find on PSVR or Oculus Rift, but they are fun and a great way to get into VR.
All in all, I've been super impressed with the device. It's built well, its software is well designed. It's a nice device, and this is the first time I've been excited about the future of VR.
The Oculus Go is really great bang for buck! You get a lot for what it costs. I definitely recommend it.
I did not know exactly what to expect with this device but I have to admit on first impressions, I am pretty impressed. Even the packaging shouts quality, Xiaomi always seem to provide top quality gear and this is no exception. Easy to pair and initialize , although before using it, an update was installed before I could get a look inside..The potential with this device is huge, the Oculus rooms have a really good social potential if Facebook decides not to continue bulldozing users to connect everything to FB. I highly recommend first installing Jurassic World Blue and watching (actually experiencing it is a better word) This shows the true potential of VR when done well. Very glad that I purchased this and have to commend Prime, I chose expedited delivery and it was delivered Monday morning - I ordered it Saturday night, great work Amazon, very happy customer! -Update - the GO is a great device but the battery life is a little underwhelming, I recommend a Power Pack (you know the ones to power up your phone) , First fully charge your GO then plug in the power pack -keeps the GO at 100% and runs from the power pack, does not ever get hot and lasts for ages, longer than you eyes could in VR :) I am using a Xiaomi 20000mAh bank and it works superbly with the GO, obviously if you are standing or whatever you will want the powerpack in a pocket etc.
To be honest, I was always a bit dubious about VR headsets - I saw them as a gimmick which was another way of extracting money from the gullible. But this made me eat my words! The absolute immersion that this provides is, frankly, amazing, and vaguely disturbing. Perhaps the feature I enjoy the most is the ability to integrate with Google Maps, and to wander the streets of most places in the world (Venice is my current favourite}. Many of the free apps make very effective use of the technology, and there are several reasonably priced paid apps available as well. Considering that this is a quarter of the price of top end mobile phones, it is, frankly, extraordinarily good value. It is great that, once set up, it runs independently of other devices, although it would be better if I had a faster broadband connection (5 MBps is not really enough, although it works OK) It does leave me feeling a little queasy sometimes, and takes a bit of getting used to, so the relatively short battery life (around 1 hour max) turns out not to be a major issue, as I need a break after that.
Brilliant product. Easily beat my expectations. I am an invalid and can now leave my apartment and travel all over the world. The only disappointment is that the Controller does not work as it should. I am waiting for Oculus to respond to my email. Worst scenario is that I will have to get a different type of controller. Highly recommended though.
Great product. Amazing screen. Better than the Rift. Some wonderful games are available that are up there with Right games in terms of quality. E.g. Eclipse Edge of Light, Slightly Heroes, Hero Bound. Great also for watching movies and TV shows on a virtual big screen. Highly recommended.