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    The Oculus Go Is The Perfect Gift To Get For Anyone On Your List (Or Yourself!)

    This VR headset will give you a seemingly unlimited range of movies, games, and entertainment. This thing is changing the way non-gamers see video games... and honestly? It's changing our entire (virtual) world.

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    Readers come near and lend me your ear, while I tell you the tale of a headset so dear, that poor Santa Claus won't have his job in a year.


    Honestly. Get one of these this holiday season and you won't need another gift ever again. Sorry, Santa.

    The Oculus Go is a standalone VR headset that's controlled by a hand held device (and Christmas magic... I'm pretty sure), that has completely changed this Scrooge's view on video games.


    That standalone feature means you don't need anything else to jump in on the action — no smartphone, no super quick computer, no cords cluttering your space. But if you're into that sort of thing (and want the mobile freedom of a more "serious" gamer) you can get the Oculus Rift for $399.

    It's so personalized you'll think it was made just for you, even if you've never picked up a video game controller in your life.

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    When you first set it up, the Oculus asks your interests: I threw in fashion, natural science, horror, meditation, and movies. I was then given dozens of suggestions for games, apps, and shows I should try out. So basically, this is a gift literally everyone would love.

    And age is no determining factor here. The first thing I did after I got my own was beg my grandmother (her interests include sewing, cooking, and British murder mysteries) to grab one, because I knew she'd love it.

    There are apps like Face Your Fears, where you literally sit in a child's bed and (insert spoiler alert here) try not to simultaneously wet yourself/cry.

    There are two stages of this game that are free with your Oculus Go. I've played both (but only for seconds at a time). My friends said they've never heard screams so loud before. They refused to try it out.

    The first app I played was Mission: ISS, where you take a VR tour of a space station. Despite sinking deep into my couch cushions in excitement/surprise, I felt like I was literally floating (with some slight motion sickness to prove it).

    That's what impresses me so much with Oculus Go. Many of the games (at least the ones I've braved) are super satisfying in how simple they are. Wanna walk around a park and hang out with some dinosaurs? Sure. Spend 10 minutes watching a time-lapse of a breathtaking aurora? Yeah, I'm gonna. These apps don't need cheap tricks to trick your brain into being there. You're just... there.

    One of my personal favorites is Mount Wingsuit, where you can glide down mountain ranges in a squirrel suit... from the comfort of your living room (or office cubical, I won't judge).

    Like many of the games and apps available with Oculus Go, you control the direction of your person in Mount Wingsuit by turning with your head... it's almost as fun to watch people play this game as it is to actually be playing it.

    You can use it to make internet searches far more interesting (hello, Wander!). Or feel like you're watching a 180" screen TV while scrolling through YouTube videos in say, a mountain lodge, or start a Netflix binge on a beach. If I wanna watch Sex and The City in a skyscraper? I can! And do. Almost every day.


    Both Netflix and Hulu have special viewing rooms, and Oculus Rooms lets you watch movies and connect with others in a way that has never been possible before. After creating your personalized avatar, you can update your living space to have the furniture, walls, floors, and decor of your choice — making it feel like your home away from home. (Mine is covered with cat photos from my Facebook account, in case you were wondering.) You can even have parties in your "home" with other avatars. For me, that means I can feel like I'm sitting in a chair and playing Boggle with Grandma, even though she lives on the other side of the country. So we can watch movies together, but we can also play games or just sit and talk.

    On top of all that, it's only $200 for 32GB of space and there are tons of free apps, so you won't have to apologize to your paycheck.

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    And if you'd like a little more memory for all the VR memories you'll be making, you can grab the 64GB version for $249.

    I'd say "What are you waiting for?!" But the best part is that you holiday procrastinators are in the clear, this thing is available on Amazon Prime so you can get it now and still have plenty of time to wrap it up before the big day. If you, like me, have ever needed a solid holiday gift and have simply run out of time, this is it.


    And while you're throwing it in your cart, check out some of these rave reviews:

    "I have enjoyed using the Oculus Go to take in 360-degree content on YouTube and Vimeo as well as the VR content that is directly accessible through the main library. There are many great videos, documentaries, and surreal experiences out there for free. I also like the Oculus for viewing non-VR content on Netflix, Youtube, etc. because it provides a personal theater-style experience. The games are fun for people like me who are just wowed by VR's effect on the mind. The community spaces for Oculus rooms seem like a great way to hang out with people who are far away. There is so much beautiful content out there for free. If you like art and videos and immersive experiences... you need this." —M. Phillips

    "I always loved the idea of VR but could never be bothered to buy a PC (I'm a Mac user). But at this price, with no other requirements, it's an easy buy. The set-up takes about five minutes. I've had tons of fun and I've used it every day since I got it. It's a great concept with great execution! I showed it to a couple of friends and almost everyone wants to get one of their own now. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is just a casual user, like myself." —Simmen FL

    "This is a phenomenal product that makes for a great family toy. I highly recommend it for people who don’t want or need an expensive tricked out PC and a bunch of cords everywhere. I’m a tech-heavy guy married to a complete non-techie. I’ve brought home a bunch of mobile focused VR kits over the last couple of years and all of them have failed to capture interest or otherwise been a total pain in the butt to actually use. This has captivated the entire family in short order because it’s drop dead simple, the app ecosystem is more mature, and the resolution is high quality. The product itself is well designed and comfortable and is a massive step in the right direction compared to previous alternatives." —Alex C. Rudloff

    TL;DR I can't stop talking about this and there's a reason. Grab an Oculus Go as a gift....or for yourself! And know that you'll never need to get another gift ever again — because you'll no longer live in a material world, you'll live in a virtual one. And you'll love it.

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    Nah we're set, Santa. Byyyye.

    Poor guy has nothin' on modern technology.


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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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