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Oculus TV service launches, Go headset rolls out in Europe

Facebook-owned virtual reality (VR) company Oculus has launched its Oculus TV service and rolled out its new Oculus Go headset to Europe and Canada.

Oculus TV offers viewers an immersive way to access shows, movies, and more on the Oculus Go and was first announced at Facebook’s F8 developers conference in May.

Pre-orders for the Oculus Go headset started in Europe earlier this month and the device is now available at participating retailers in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as Canada.

The Oculus Go is the company’s low-cost, all-in-one VR headset, which launched in the US in May and is aimed at the wireless mobile VR market.

“With Oculus Go available online and in retail stores across more countries, it’s easier than ever for people to enjoy all that standalone VR has to offer,” said the company in a blog post.

In a separate announcement, Oculus described Oculus TV as a hub for must-watch programming on a “massive virtual screen, equivalent to a 180-inch TV in real life.”

Oculus TV in the US includes content from the likes of Hulu, Showtime, Facebook Watch, Red Bull TV, Pluto TV, and Major League Baseball.

“There’s more excitement on the horizon, with Oculus TV line-up expansions expected through the summer, fall, and beyond,” said the company. “We’ll add new streaming apps, broadcast partners, and more, including fan favourites like ESPN soon.”

The Oculus Go is available in Europe priced at £199 or €219 for the 32Gb version and £249 or €269 for the 64Gb model. The equivalent prices in the US are US$199 and US$249.