Oculus Go Will Perform ‘Significantly Better’ Than Galaxy S7 – John Carmack

by Jamie Feltham • February 28th, 2018

The Oculus Go standalone VR headset should be with us in a matter of weeks or months, but we still haven’t been able to test the thing out for ourselves. Oculus’ John Carmack has given us a vague idea of what to expect from the device’s performance, though.

Replying to a question on Twitter, the Oculus Chief Technology Officer noted that Go should run “significantly better” than Samsung’s two year old Galaxy S7 phone running on a Gear VR. Turning to typical Carmack speak, he explained that Go “does dynamic clock scaling above the minimum fixed levels, like s8, so everything runs better than s7”.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Go would be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, which is used in older handsets like the original Google Pixel. However, as a standalone headset without the various other processor-demanding functions of a smartphone, Go and direct all of its resources to the VR experience you’re running.

It sounds like Go won’t be slouching on the performance side, then, though it’s still unlikely to compete with more recent smartphones like the just-announced Galaxy S9, which includes the new Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Elsewhere, Carmack also noted that casting Go’s display to other standard screens near you was being worked on, but probably wouldn’t be ready in time for “day 0”.

Oculus Go is still pegged for an early 2018 launch at $199, though we’re running out of early.

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  • daveinpublic

    Hopefully they can at least give an update soon.

  • mareknr

    Hi. What about memory and content downloaded from PC? Will there be connection possibilities to PC for transport movies to Oculus GO?

    • No.

      • mareknr

        Thanks for answer. They could make at least USB or SD card support.

    • Nelson Tutorials

      Maybe, according to Carmack, external USB drives “should” work, like usb C flash drives, or even micro to usb adapter to connect to PC.

    • Muhammad Jihad ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      They should have a Plex client at the very least, so there’s one option. But lots of apps let you browse networks, so yes, there will be lots of ways to do this. Too bad stupid people are stupid and answer things they have zero understanding of.

  • David D. Taylor

    I’m excited for the Go, but if it’s ‘significantly better’ than Galaxy S7, but not better that S8, than I wouldn’t call it ‘Significantly Better’. The jump from S7 to S8 isn’t considered a significantly better jump in my books. Just my opinion. I had an S7, upgraded to the S8 for the new headset.

    • Nelson Tutorials

      Carmack only said Go will perform significantly better than S7 he didnt mentioned anything compared to S8, GO could match some performance of the S8, who knows. What do you mean “upgraded to the S8 for the new headset.”? You cant use the S8 on the GO, GO is standalone.

      • David D. Taylor

        Sorry for the confusion. My point was it would be better to say if performs as well or better than the S8, vs to say significantly better on S7. Or at least clarify. Because to me, the S8 is not significantly better than the S7. It’s better.

        They released the updated Gear VR headset with the 3DoF controller with launch of S8. That’s what I meant I upgraded. I got the deal so I got headset for free.

        • Nelson Tutorials

          Oh ok, i got it, nice deal. ; ) You dont need Oculus Go then. I probably will not buy Oculus Go i will wait to see if my Xbox One X will support Mixed Reality headsets this year.

  • We sure are running out of “early”, aren’t we ….

  • Lou

    put a snapdragon 845 instead… and something to be able to stream vr games from pc

    • Nelson Tutorials

      Maybe GO could support Trinus app, will see.

  • Jim P

    At least he is honest. But it should have went it will perform better then the S8.

  • They have removed the EARLY tag on their website, indeed