Oculus and Samsung have worked together for many years to create a portable, powerful virtual reality solution using some of the most popular phones on the planet. In doing so, the Gear VR has become one of the brightest and most active VR headsets available today. For all its strengths, it still requires you to use your phone and drain your battery to get the best experience. With everything it’s learned about mobile computing and the VR experience, Oculus is ready to offer an alternative to the phone-powered portable VR headset. It’s called the Oculus Go, and it’s coming out later this year at a price point aimed at getting people to ask questions using Gear VR or this new headset.

It’s not an easy decision, especially if you’re already part of the Gear VR ecosystem, but here’s what you can expect when looking at these headsets side by side.

Hardware Comparison

The Oculus Go is designed to be a «standalone» VR headset. This means that instead of sticking a phone into a slot that would act as a brain, the computer, display, and hardware are baked right into the headset. The only thing a computer should ever do is show you a VR experience, but it should do this. very OK. With that in mind, here’s how these headsets compare on paper.