Oculus Rift: I’d Buy That for $599.99?
Leading up to the opening of pre-orders for the Oculus Rift, the company behind the virtual reality headsets were cagey on its price point. Well, now that we know it’s $599.99, it’s clear to see why.
I’ve been fortunate enough to try the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR at different events. Steff also has a Google Cardboard headset that we use from time-to-time. Modern virtual reality is really cool. The graphical horsepower is there to convey immersive worlds for people to view. With the right apps, I really think this could be the next big thing.
However, that price point is going to be a real sticking point for many. That’s more expensive than a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One for a peripheral that may never get the same level of support as those consoles. Any ambitions I may have had for an Oculus Rift at this point went down the drain until it goes on sale or sees a dramatic price reduction.
While they’re not exactly competing for the same thing, I think that the low-end headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard are going to be key to the growth of virtual reality. At $100 or less, people can get a taste of the experience, even if they can’t play heavy duty PC or PlayStation 4 games with them. Maybe as the Trojan horses for the concept, people will be more willing to upgrade to a premium headset.
Not saying that the folks behind the Oculus Rift should take a loss to sell their headset at a more consumer-friendly price, but that price point is going to be an extremely hard sell for most. I will pass for now, but look forward to the day when this tech is priced to move.