Google and Oculus are competing like never before.
As cool as it is to be able to put your phone in a simple headset and be transported to another world, sometimes you need your phone to be a phone. It’s inconvenient to get to the end of the day and be unable to enjoy VR because your phone is nearly dead, or to have to take the protective case off of your phone every time you want to enjoy VR.
The solution, according to Google and Oculus, is to make headsets which have the hardware baked in. Google’s platform, called Daydream Standalone, allows multiple manufacturers to build headsets free from using your phone as a brain. Lenovo’s Mirage Solo is a prime example. The same can be said of the upcoming Oculus Go, which was announced late last year during the Oculus Connect conference. With both of these headsets expected to land later this year, it’s a good idea to see exactly how they compare side-by-side before considering a purchase. Here’s what you need to know!
At first glance, Oculus Go is immediately recognizable as an Oculus product. The straps designed to hold the computer-y bits to your face are distinctly Oculus, and that’s a good thing because we already know they work well. The back straps are designed to hug the back of your head from multiple angles, while the front sides of the straps sit on rails that make sliding the headset on and off your face nice and easy. Unlike the Oculus Rift headset, which has separate headphones you pull down over your ears, Go has a pair of small spatial audio speakers on these rails designed to give you sound wherever you are. You can still use headphones if you choose, but this other option is always there.
Lenovo’s Mirage Solo more closely resembles its Windows Mixed Reality headset than it does either of the original Google-made Daydream headsets. There’s no fabric anywhere — using plastic instead — and the single halo-style strap for the headset is designed to be tightened onto your head with the adjustment wheel in the back of the headset. The advantage of this design is a better distribution of weight and less pressure directly on your face, which is nice when you want to use the headset for a long time. Mirage Solo includes a pair of cameras on the front of the headset for Google’s WorldSense features, which allow you to move around in a room instead of the typical seated VR experiences expected from phone-based VR experiences.
Here’s a quick look at how the specs break down:
|Feature||Oculus Go||Mirage Solo|
|Dimensions||Unknown||8.03″ x 10.61″ x 7.08″|
|Field of View||90 degrees||110 degrees|
|Processor||Snapdragon 821||Snapdragon 835|
|Audio||Internal speakers, 3.5mm …read more|