Facebook eyes VR accessibility as it launches Oculus Go for $199

  • Facebook eyes VR accessibility as it launches Oculus Go for $199

Facebook eyes VR accessibility as it launches Oculus Go for $199

The first standalone virtual reality headset from Facebook-owned Oculus is finally available for purchase today.

The Oculus Go is available at Oculus.com in 23 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Amazon says that it "does not know when or if this item will be back in stock". The app sent out smartphone notifications about the Oculus Go sale begin to the users who have subscribed to the Oculus Go tracker. You can also watch programming from the device via Hulu and Netflix. The Oculus website says the device will ship between May 1 and 11, while Amazon has one-day delivery turnaround. Although a release date hasn't been announced, the stand-alone VR headset could be on shelves very soon and in the hands of F8 attendees even sooner.

Pre-orders of the $200 Oculus Go virtual reality headset were snapped up by eager buyers in the middle of last night, resulting in the device selling out in a matter of hours, according to a Digital Trends report.

The Amazon post comes as the Oculus Go has already been spotted in the wild.

A 32GB version will cost $199 and a 64GB retails for $249.

Zuckerberg has billed the device as an attempt to make VR adopted by the masses, with the goal of getting one billion people using the technology, which transports people into simulated environments.

The new Go headset runs the same games and apps as Facebook's Gear VR system. Facebook previously gave away Gear VR headsets to Oculus Connect attendees, so there's some precedent for seeding low-cost VR hardware to developers.