The standalone Pico Goblin VR headset is now on sale for $269

The affordable, standalone VR headset is almost here

Standalone VR headsets are the new hotness. Affordable standalone headsets, like Oculus new standalone Go headset, are even newer hotness. Announced just before E3 2017, and actually going on pre-order in June, Pico has officially announced that its standalone, smartphone-free Goblin headset is now on sale for $269.

The Goblin headset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and features two 70Hz displays that combine to produce a 2.5K resolution display. There's a 90-degree field of view and self-adaptive pupil distance. There's also 3DoF head tracking technology, which means you can move your head around in VR, but not walk around. There's no need for wires or sensors or any of that.

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There's also a little controller included with the headset, so you have something to interact with all those virtual worlds. The headset's 3,500mAh battery will give you about three hours of battery life, too. We don't yet know too much about content, but back in January the company said it was prepping its own content store and was working with developers to deliver VR content for the device.

That $269 price tag puts the Pico Goblin almost squarely in between mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR and high-end options like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It's also cheaper than Microsoft's Mixed Reality headsets.

However, that price point also makes it more expensive than the $199 Oculus Go, which is set to arrive in early 2018 and has the backing of Facebook. It's also obviously an Oculus headset, which means the company's many exclusive content deals are sure to give it an advantage. The Pico, on the other hand, is available now. There also doesn't appear to be much of a technical difference between the two headsets on paper, though Oculus is promising "next generation" display tech for the Go.

Impressed or underwhelmed by the Pico Goblin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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