The Oculus Go is one of the most affordable routes into the world of VR. But if you’re trying to get the most out of your Go headset, then you’ll need the help of some accessories.
While the Oculus Go is a powerful little headset, it does have some limitations. It’s fragile, it has a poor battery life, it doesn’t have a lot of storage space, and it doesn’t work with Bluetooth headphones. These limitations can be frustrating, and they can curb some of the enjoyment that you get from VR.
But these problems are easy to remedy, you just need the right accessories. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find some great accessories that can make up for the Go’s shortcomings and enhance your VR experience.
Dinly VR Display Stand ($20)
You’re gentle with your Go when it’s on your head, but where do you keep it when it’s not in use? Do you shove it in a drawer with a bunch of miscellaneous office supplies? Does it float around the edges of your desk? You could put your Oculus Go on a display stand, to keep it safe and to show off your passion.
The Dinly VR display stand is a neat, 10″ display stand for VR headsets. You can securely strap your Oculus Go to the Dinly stand, so that it doesn’t tilt or fall to the floor. And if you happen to own a couple different VR headsets, then you could use two or three of these stands to make a neat display for all of your VR tech.
RAVpower Filehub ($25)
The Oculus Go comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of memory. That isn’t a lot of storage space, and a handful of videos or movies will fully max out your Oculus Go. And since you can’t plug an external hard drive into the Go, its file limitations can become frustrating very quickly.
Thankfully, you can use a wireless file-sharing device to add remote storage to your Go. The RAVpower Filehub can turn any SD card or external hard drive into a wireless storage device. Think of it like a cloud storage device or a streaming service that fits in your pocket. Your Oculus Go can stream videos and open files from the RAVpower Filehub, so long as your Filehub and your Go are on the same internet connection.
RAVpower 22,000mAh Portable Battery ($42)
The Oculus Go has a terrible battery life. It’s not a big deal when you’re at home next to an outlet, but what if you need to charge the Go away from home? Well, you could always use a portable battery.
The RAVpower 22,000 mAh portable battery is small and inexpensive, but it can hold a lot of power. A 22,000 mAh battery could fully charge your Oculus Go a couple of times, and you could even use it for your phone or laptop in a pinch. Honestly, a portable battery is a great investment, even if you don’t use it for your Go.
ZRSE Magnetic Breakaway Micro USB Cable 2-Pack ($17)
Again, the Oculus Go has a sad battery life. And although you can use the Go while it’s charging, it isn’t the most comfortable setup. A sudden head turn could rip the Micro USB cable out of the Go, which can damage its charging port and send you in a blind scramble to quickly find the dislodged cable.
If you have an Oculus Go, then there’s a good chance that you’ll use it while charging, even if you know the risks. But you can minimize these risks by using a ZRSE magnetic Micro USB cable. It kind of works like the breakaway collars that people put on their cats and dogs. The tip of the ZRSE cable stays plugged into your Oculus Go’s Micro USB port, whether you’re charging the Go or not. That tip has magnets in it, and those magnets connect to the USB charging cable to charge your device.
The ZRSE charges at a normal speed, and it’s easy to blindly plug into your Go during a gaming session. But it also prolongs the life of your Go’s Micro USB port. If you happen to tug on the ZRSE cable while in the middle of an intense game, it’ll breakaway without pulling the magnetic tip from the USB port.
If you’re more interested in a lengthy cable than a freaky magnetic cable, then you could always grab a cheap 25ft Micro USB cable. Just keep in mind that a longer USB cable won’t save your Go’s charging port from any yank-related damage.
Hard Eva Travel Case ($21)
Why wouldn’t you want to take your Oculus Go on the Go? But you shouldn’t throw your expensive VR headset into a plastic grocery bag every time you want to take it out of the house, there are plenty of hard cases that can keep your Go safe.
The Hard Eva travel case is durable, affordable, and big enough to hold an extra controller or portable battery. It’s a great option for hardcore gamers that are always taking their Go outside of the house, and it can even serve as an at-home storage space for your Go.
SteelSeries Bluetooth Gaming Controller ($38)
The controller that comes with the Oculus Go is a little wonky. It’s not always great for intense gaming, and it can be hard to navigate while your head is encased in a VR cocoon. Luckily, there are gaming-oriented Bluetooth controllers like the SteelSeries that are made to replace the Go’s standard controller. The SteelSeries controller draws 40 hours of life from a pair of AA batteries, so you don’t have to worry about it dying during a gaming session. Plus, it feels like an Xbox controller, so it’s easy to use without any help from your eyes.
Of course, you could always use a modern home console controller instead of a 3rd party controller. The Xbox One S controller, the Playstation DualShock 4 controller, and the Nintendo Joy-Con controllers are all Bluetooth compatible, and they can all be used with the Go. But they’re a bit expensive, and they can be difficult to set up.
Archeer Blutooth Transmitter ($19)
Plugging a pair of headphones into your Oculus Go is an easy way to enhance your gaming experience, but the tangling wires from a pair of earbuds could easily send you into a blind gaming rage. Sadly, the Go doesn’t support Bluetooth headphones. But it isn’t hard to use your Bluetooth headphones with the Go, all that you need is a Bluetooth transmitter.
The Archeer battery powered Bluetooth transmitter is a great way to use wireless headphones with the Go. It’s a small transmitter that won’t interfere in your gaming experience, and its 19 hour battery life will last you through those day-long Oculus Go sessions. You’ll need to stick the Archeer to your Go with a piece of Velcro or double-sided tape so it doesn’t flop around the side of your head, but hey, it’s better than dealing with wires.
Replacement Foam Interface ($20)
If you’re washing your Go’s foam insert between intense gaming sessions (you should), then you’ve probably caught yourself waiting for it to dry. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra insert, so you wouldn’t have to watch foam dry?
You can get an extra insert from the Oculus website, and they’re really not that expensive. These replacement inserts are also a little bit more comfortable than the insert that comes with the Oculus Go, so you may want to grab two of these if you find the Go uncomfortable.
By the way, if you just realized that you should be cleaning your Go’s foam insert, then it’s probably time to grab a replacement. It’s easier to wear a headset that doesn’t smell like 400+ hours of sweaty gamer forehead. Don’t be embarrassed, we all make mistakes.