Oculus Go is a stand-alone virtual reality headset that comes with a computer built into the headset. Unlike the Google Cardboard, you do not need to place your phone in the viewer to see virtual reality content, and unlike the Oculus Rift, you do not need to connect the headset to a powerful gaming computer. Oculus Go allows you to view 360 degree content including videos and games directly through the headset.
While a phone is not required to view content through the headset, you will need to use a smartphone to set up the headset for the first time. Additionally, while apps are available through Oculus Go for free, if you would like to purchase apps, Oculus Go requires you to input credit card information. You will NOT be charged unless you purchase an app.
Watch the video below to get started. More instructions are available on the Oculus website and below
1. Download the App
On your smartphone, download the free Oculus app
2. Create your Account
Once the app is downloaded, open the app and create an Oculus account. You can choose to use your Facebook account as your Oculus account or create an account using your email address.
As you create your account, follow the prompts on the screen to:
3. Oculus Store
You will also be asked if you would like to add payment information. This information will be used if you would like to purchase apps through the Oculus Store. There are also many free apps available through the Oculus Store. You DO NOT need to enter payment information to use the Oculus Go headset or the app.
If you don't want to purchase any apps, simply choose Skip at the bottom of the screen when prompted to enter your credit card or PayPal information.
4. Select Headset
When prompted, select Oculus Go from the Select Headset menu. Once you choose Oculus Go, follow the tutorial to set up your headset.
5. Connect your Headset
The app will wireless connect to your Oculus Go Headset. Once it's found your headset, it will display the headset's serial number on the screen. To confirm that the serial number matches your headset, look for the serial number on the right-hand side of the headset behind the adjustable strap. Read detailed instructions on how to find your headset's serial number.
Once the app has connected to your headset, it will prompt you to choose a Wifi network to use with the headset. This will allow you to download apps through your headset and access the internet.
6. Set-up Your Controller
Key Safety Tips
Before you put on your headset, familiarize yourself with the Oculus Go controller. You will also be walked through a controller tutorial the first time your put on your headset. To view the tutorial, choose Library > Relaunch Tutorial.
Use this button whenever you need to access the headset menu.
Press & hold this button to reset your controller.
Press this button to return to a previous screen.
Brush your thumb over the touchpad to scroll through menus.
Press the trigger to select items in your Oculus Go
Once you've set up your headset, you're ready to put it on and enter virtual reality!
The first time you put on the headset, you will be walked through a controller tutorial and asked a few questions to set up your account.
Next, choose Store to find an app to download and play. Some apps are for pay while others are free.
Check out some of our favourite free apps to get started:
Turn off the headset
When you take the Oculus Go headset off, it will sense that you are no longer wearing it and go to sleep. To shut down the headset completely, press and hold the headset power button while wearing it. You will then be prompted to select Shut Down using your controller.
Before returning the headset to the library, be sure to disconnect the headset from your Oculus account. There are 2 ways you can do this:
From the app on your phone
From the headset
Watch this video to learn more about virtual reality:
Interested in using Oculus Go in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Contact your librarian, Natalie Colaiacovo (email@example.com) for support and resources.
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