Advantages of Oculus Go for Corporate Training and Upskilling Employees


Updated January 02, 2019 - Dom Barnard

"Experience portable, all-in-one VR without a PC"

This is the tagline Oculus are using for the Oculus Go, and it sums up why it’s such a great tool for training employees. There’s no need for expensive virtual reality (VR) hardware or powerful mobile devices to run the VR experience, the Oculus Go provides a standalone, affordable headset that can be used with a range of training apps and scenarios.

Why train with virtual reality?

VR opens up new, exciting possibilities for training employees. Being able to simulate different scenarios from anywhere in the world, such as fire safety training or giving a speech at a conference, allows each learner to practice their skills with no real-world consequences.

Companies can be sure that employees are receiving a standardised, high quality level of training.

It’s hard to practice many soft skills scenarios using traditional methods, and that’s the real difference with VR. Without VR, how do employees practice dealing with a fire in the office? Handling a huge number of customers on Black Friday? Delivering a sales pitch to new clients?

What is the Oculus Go?

The Oculus Go is a VR headset that lets you experience VR apps without the need for a powerful PC or mobile phone. The standalone headset comes with everything you need to power the VR experience, making it an effective tool for all types of training in VR.

Summary of features for the Oculus Go

  • Personal viewing - Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics make your headset feel more like a personal theatre.
  • Viewing with friends - Meet up in the virtual world with other colleagues and learn together
  • Portable and easy to use - Experience portable, all-in-one VR. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles.
  • Controller - Easily navigate around any virtual training simulation with the intuitive hand controller.
  • Built-in audio - Spatial audio drivers are built right into the headset, providing dramatic, immersive sound without the need for bulky or tangled headphones. Oculus Go also features a 3.5 mm audio jack, so you can attach headphones if you prefer.
Oculus Go headset standalone

Design, resolution and hardware

As soon as you take Oculus Go out of the box, you feel like you’re holding a device that costs $199 / £199. Its design is sleek and has some nice subtle touches; the front panel is a slightly different shade of gray in certain lights, for example.

Oculus Go feels extremely comfortable when you put it on. The soft inner lining feels good on the face and nose, as well as having an airiness to it. Oculus said they consulted with the garment industry in making the Go, and this is apparent in the headset’s premium comfort feel.

Built-in speaker

Built into the strap mounts that sit either side of your head, the speakers on the Go prove remarkably useful. While they’re no replacement for a high-quality pair of headphones, they work extremely well. The speakers don't go directly into your ears but do provide a real sense of immersion in the virtual world, without the need for a dangling headphone cable.

Hand controller

Oculus Go also includes a 3DoF controller. The controller is well designed and feels good to hold. Its ergonomic design and responsive controls make it easy to navigate around in the virtual world.

Headset resolution

The 5.5-inch, 538 ppi panel (with a resolution of 2560 x 1440) is impressive, sharp enough to almost eliminate the “screen-door” effect earlier headsets suffered from. Oculus use a fast-switch LCD display with the Go to have better pixel fill, meaning the pixels are simply larger, helping to reduce the screen-door effect.

Battery life

You’ll get between 2-3 hours of continual usage out of the Oculus Go. This is usually more than enough for any training you might want to do with it, but can become an issue if using one at a trade show or exhibition. The last thing you want is for the Go to run out of battery mid demo.

A solution is to bring 2-3 headsets with you and have them on rotation, while the ones in use are being charged.

Accessories and parts

Oculus Go case

Designed to specifically hug the contours of Oculus Go, this case provides a secure location for your headset and accessories. The outer shell protects your headset from sun, shock, splash, and scratching, while it’s padded interior has compartments for the cables, controllers and charger.

Fitted interface

This alternate fit of the replaceable facial interface is designed for users with low nose bridges and high or wide cheekbones. Made with the same breathable fabrics and comfortable foam moulding as the standard fit.

Prescription lenses

Oculus Go is designed to be worn comfortably with or without glasses, but you can still choose to purchase these compatible VirtuClear prescription lenses from FramesDirect.com which insert easily into the headset.

Pricing and where to buy

Where to buy

You can buy Oculus Go and official accessories directly from the Oculus website (Oculus.com), or from any of their retail partners. Find out your local retail providers here:

Pricing

The Oculus Go price is $199 / £199 / AU$299 for the 32GB version, and $249 / £249 / AU$369 for the 64GB version.

For comparison, the Oculus Rift costs $399 / £399 / about AU$640.

In summary

The Oculus Go provides a powerful, easy to use tool for training employees in VR. Companies can purchase a pool of Oculus Go headsets and rent them out to employees, so that they can practice a range of training scenarios in a realistic way.

Here at VirtualSpeech we focus on soft skills training in VR. If you’d like to learn more and how VR can benefit your workforce, contact us.