In just a few hours Facebook will kick off its annual F8 developer conference, which should include announcements about the company’s plans for the next year and beyond. We don’t yet know what Facebook has in store for us, but Amazon may have blown the lid on at least one surprise: the company listed the Oculus Go for pre-order.
Amazon subsequently pulled the order button from the product page, but not before the device hit the top of the company’s Best Sellers list in the “PC Gaming Headsets” category. It’s unclear how many orders would have gone through before Amazon pulled the plug, but for it to hit the #1 Best Sellers spot, the company must have moved more than a handful of units.
Amazon isn’t the only retailer with hints that the Oculus Go release is imminent. Reddit user Heaney555 yesterday posted an image of a locked display cabinet filled with white Oculus boxes. Heaney555 said the display is at a Best Buy store, but there’s no way to prove that from the supplied image. We also can’t say for sure that these are Oculus Go boxes because they are turned backwards to hide the box art. We can see an Oculus Rift package next to these boxes, though, and the Rift package is much larger.
Oculus hasn’t announced the shipping date for the Go standalone VR headset. However, when the company revealed the device in October 2017, it said we should expect its release in “early 2018.” The company is a little bit late for “early 2018,” but F8 seems like as good a place as any to launch a product. Not to mention, according to this sign on the F8 registration desk (posted to Reddit by user VirtalRealityOasis), Facebook is giving an Oculus Go headset to everyone who attends the conference. If that’s not a strong indication of a product launch, we’re not sure what is.
The Facebook F8 Keynote starts today at 10am PT. You can watch it live at F8.com.