Poor Oculus Go has finally taken a break. After Facebook was sidelined by the superior Oculus Quest and then canceled entirely, Facebook could breathe new life into it. According to John Carmack, CTO of Oculus Consulting, Facebook will unlock the Go’s bootloader.
The Oculus Go is admittedly an energy-saving VR headset. It can only track one controller and cannot play games as complicated as the quest. It’s better with video playback than with interaction. But it’s still an interesting device, the days of which have unfortunately been shortened by the introduction of the quest.
Under the hood, the Go runs on Android. With an unlocked bootloader, tinkerers could load pretty much anything onto the hardware. At least anything that the hardware could feasibly do. Just as unlocking the bootloader allows anyone to load a custom ROM onto an Android phone, you can do the same on the go. And even better, if you buy a used (or never opened) Go in years’ time, you can still get it updated even after the over-the-air servers are gone.
When first spotted by The Verge, Carmack made the announcement on Twitter:
Something I’ve been pushing for years is about to come true:
We’re going to be providing an unlocked OS build for the Oculus Go headset that can be side-loaded for full root access.
– John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) September 24, 2021
What is not yet clear is how quickly the unlocked bootloader update will arrive. Or how exactly is delivered. However, Carmack suggested that this could set the precedent for unlocking other devices in the future. Perhaps one day we’ll see the same treatment for the original Oculus Quest. It’s better than equipment in a landfill.
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