Oculus Go, the company’s upcoming standalone VR headset, may already be waiting in the wings at Amazon distribution centers—they’re certainly already on Best Buy shelves, as both retailers are gearing up for what appears to be an imminent launch.

The $200 standalone headset, which doesn’t require a separate phone or computer to run, just got a pre-order listing on Amazon. The page advertises a release date of December 31st, 2018, although considering Oculus maintains the headset is “arriving early 2018,” it’s very likely a placeholder date.

Lending more credence to a nearby launch, Reddit user ‘theDarthonly’ revealed an image featuring a loaded glass case (behind lock and key) of Oculus Go boxes at a Best Buy at his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Speaking to staff, he was told the shelf featured both a 32 GB and a 64 GB model, something that’s been confirmed to exist thanks to FCC listings.

image courtesy ‘theDarthonly’

Oculus Go is gunning for an accessible entry point for VR newcomers at only $200. The headset, which uses what Oculus calls a “fast-switch LCD” at 2560×1440, will have the same basic functionality and apps as Gear VR, although it won’t require a comparatively expensive flagship Samsung smartphone thanks to its all-inclusive standalone design. Since Oculus Go shares the same mobile app store as Gear VR, the company is boasting over 1,000 apps at launch.

Oculus Go, Mirage Solo, and Vive Focus Standalone Headsets Compared

Fortuitously, Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference starts today, making for a fitting venue for launch. Multiple sources have purportedly confirmed that launch would come at F8, so it’s really only a matter of hours to prove that hypothesis right or wrong. We have feet on the ground at this year’s F8, which takes place May 1-2, so check back soon.

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Well before the first modern XR products hit the market, Scott recognized the potential of the technology and set out to understand and document its growth. He has been professionally reporting on the space for nearly a decade as Editor at Road to VR, authoring more than 3,500 articles on the topic. Scott brings that seasoned insight to his reporting from major industry events across the globe.
  • Nelson Tutorials

    This item does not ship to Portugal (Europe). WTF

    • xernobyl

      Use ctt express2me.

      • Nelson Tutorials

        Thanks for the tip, i never tried that. I will wait until after the todays later conference for more GO details and it may be available to purchase on Amazon.uk,es,it,fr,de etc in the next following days.

        • Luke

          in italy would be a nice surprice

  • brubble

    I hope these sell well for market saturation and especially cv2 sake.

  • Some one has already bought it at Best Buy…

  • Whatever purpose placeholder dates are for, it clearly never works as no one knows why it exists…

    Soon 2018 makes sense.

  • flamaest

    I get the same results as described here in this mini review for the Oculus go.