Oculus Go vs Oculus Quest: Ultimate Comparison

18th May 2020

Oculus are the industry leaders in VR with several headsets and a whole range of specialist software available for their users. The latest Oculus hardware release is perhaps their most exciting; the Oculus Quest is a fully wireless VR headset with the full range of freedom (also known as 6DOF). The Quest promises to deliver the full VR experience without the need for an expensive PC/Laptop and the wired connection that accompanies that setup. Oculus’s most popular headset so far has been the Oculus Go, another wireless VR headset with more limited VR capabilities but at a much lower price. If you are looking to join the VR world then you may be struggling to choose between the Oculus Go and the Quest. Is is worth spending more on the Quest? Is the Go a real VR experience? I’m here to answer all these questions and help you decide which VR headset is best for you.

Oculus Go vs Oculus Quest

Comparison Table

SpecsOculus QuestOculus Go
Field of View 100°100°
Max Resolution2,880 × 1,600 (1280×1440 per eye)2560 x 1440
ScreentypeOLEDFast-Switch WQHD LCD
Pixel Density538
SensorsGyroscope, Tracking CamerasGyroscope
Max Refresh Rate72 Hz60 Hz
TrackingIntegrated room-scale 6DoF inside-out Oculus Insight, 5-camera sensor internal trackingOrientational Tracking
AudioIntegrated open-ear, two 3.5mm audio jacks for external audioIntegrated open-ear, two 3.5mm audio jacks for external audio
PriceCheck Price on AmazonCheck Price on Amazon

These are the basic specifications of both headsets but if you’ve never researched VR technology before then the above might not mean anything to you. Don’t worry, I’m going to go through the differences between the two headsets in detail and make it as easy as possible to understand the difference between the two.

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3DOF vs 6DOF

This is probably the most important and obvious difference between the two headsets. The Oculus Quest is a 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) headset and the Go is a 3DOF (three degrees of freedom) headset. VR headsets can be split between 3DOF and 6DOF and this refers to how you can move, explore and interact with the VR world. 6DOF headsets allow you to move as you would in reality in every direction and requires advanced tracking technology. 3DOF headsets are limited to head movements and controller tracking, so if you moved your whole body this would not be tracked in the VR world.

6DOF is considered the most realistic VR experience where as 3DOF is easier to set up and use but not as immersive. This pretty much defines the difference between the Oculus GO and Quest. If you want the most authentic VR experience then the Quest is without doubt the better option because it allows you to experience the full VR effect. You’ll only be able to play games like Skyrim VR and BeatSaber on the Quest as these games require 6DOF headsets. You can still use the Oculus Go for games and VR experience but they will be more basic experiences. Keep in mind the Go is far cheaper than the Quest too.

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If you take a closer look at the Quest you’ll notice half a dozen cameras dotted around the headset; these cameras track your hands and body and mimic your movements in the VR world. This is quite an innovation as previous headsets have required external cameras to be plugged into the headset.

This is what allows the Quest to be completely wireless, giving the user far more freedom to move around than before. The two controllers that come with the Quest are also tracked in every direction.

The Go has no cameras and is only able to track your head movements and the position of the single controller.

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Screen and Graphics

When choosing a VR headset it’s important to play close consideration to the type of screen each headset is using. The screen will determine how clear the VR world looks and therefore how immersed in the experience you feel. Thankfully both the Quest and the Go feature some of the best screens in the market right nowThe Go comes with a built in LCD screen with a total resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a 100 degree field of view. The resolution of the screen is among the best of any VR headset and beats out more expensive devices such as the Oculus Rift. You won’t find the display to be crystal clear (the same can be said of all headsets right now) but individual pixels are not too noticeable and colors looks reasonably vibrant.

Game on the Oculus Go

The Quest features a slightly higher resolution OLED screen which provides a slightly clearer overall image. OLED screens are also able to show deeper blacks, higher contrast and better refresh rates which is important when playing games.

Quest vs older Rift Screen

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Gaming vs Watching

If you are still struggling to decide between these two headsets then consider what you are going to be using it for. The Oculus Quest is designed (and priced) to be a VR gaming console; this of it as the PS4 or Xbone of the VR world. It’s primarily designed for gaming and does it well. There are a whole range of VR games available for the Quest which allows you fully interact with the environment. The Oculus is designed for those who want to watch VR experiences like 360 videos or watch movies in an IMAX like environment. The Go is a lick up and play device which you’ll likely use for 30 minutes or so every now and then. I personally use it to watch YouTube videos and VR documentaries. There are also VR games for the Go but they are not as interactive as games for the Quest.

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Both the Oculus Go and Quest have access to the brilliant Oculus Store which features hundreds of VR games and experiences, many of them free. Generally speaking everything that is available for the Go is also available for the Quest, however some advanced games will only work on the Quest.

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Having used both the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest it’s fairly easy to summarise the difference. The Quest is a gaming system first and foremost; its superior screen, advanced tracking features and wireless set up make it the most accessible VR headset ever. The Quest is without doubt the more advanced headset between the two in pretty much every way, but you probably already know that. What you’re wondering is if the extra cost of the Quest is worth it? If you want a full VR experience and won’t settle for less, then yes. If you are content with watching movies, 360 videos and playing more basic (but still pretty fun) VR games then the Go is going to be fine for you and you’ll save quite a bit of money.

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Can the Oculus Go play BeatSaber: No, this game requires tracking features that the Go does not have (the Quest does)

Is the Oculus Quest fully Wireless? Yes, you don’t need to connect the Quest to any external hardware for it to work and the controllers are wireless too

Can you watch 3D movies on the Quest/Go: Yes, both headsets allow you to watch 3D movies. You can also watch 360/3D movies which combine VR with 3D and look great.

Can you expand the storage of the Oculus Quest: No, the storage in non expandable and there is SD Card slot. There are two storage options when buying the Quest.

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Where to Buy

Both the Quest and the Go are made by Oculus and are available directly from them. You can also get both headsets from Amazon and it’s usually worth checking if there are any discounts available there first.

Check Oculus Quest on Amazon


Check Oculus Go on Amazon


Owner of threesixtycameras.com. Writer, photographer and videographer. You can see my YouTube channel for guides of how to shoot 360 video. I've written for The Times, Digital Photography School and Sunday Express. 

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