At Facebook’s developer conference next week we are expecting launch details for the Oculus Go standalone VR headset, starting at just $200. With Facebook’s global footprint, the system could be the first all-in-one VR system many people in Europe and the Americas will hear about and have the opportunity to buy.

There is still a lot Facebook hasn’t revealed about Oculus Go, but as the first affordable self-contained VR headset available to most people, it might represent the next step in a paradigm shift for personal computing and communication. Below is an edited transcript of a discussion between Games Editor, David Jagneaux, and me (Senior Editor, Ian Hamilton,) trying to come to grips with just how to think about the Oculus Go standalone VR headset.

We’re presenting this to you to encourage discussion and debate down in the comments, so please let us know what you think! David Jagneaux: From what we know I’d basically consider it a Gear VR, but without a smartphone plugged in.

According to that reasoning, no, it’s not a phone. Ian: It’s not a phone, but I assume you can meet up with and talk to other people with it.

Ian: A self-contained headset that connects to Facebook Messenger would be the equivalent of a “VR phone”. David: Maybe, but even though the Go is a VR headset that lets you talk to other people in VR, I think using the word “phone” undersells everything that makes it unique and not like a traditional phone. Read more from…

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