Oculus Rift Preorder

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Well the days of Lawnmower Man are finally upon us, well almost.  You can now pre-order your Oculus Rift VR Headset which begins shipping on March 26th.

However, you might want to hold off on this unproven piece of tech since the price will be $599.99, and for that you get the head set, an Xbox One controller and three games.

So is this all worth it?   Well, for me, nope.  I’m not big on VR, at least not in any way that is technologically possible (to get me excited for VR think Star Trek’s holo room).  It’s always fun to be the first person with a new piece of tech, $600 to be an early adapter on something that may or may not fail is a bit scary.  If this doesn’t sell well then there won’t be too much software support for it and  you’ll end up with a $600 paperweight.

So what is your take dear reader?  Are you excited for the new age of gaming?  Did you already pre-order the Rift?  Let us know in the comments below.

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4 Comments

  1. The technology requirements for the PC alone leave most users have to upgrade their video card if not some other components as well. Unless they have the latest and greatest PC available right now. Currently base PC’s meeting the Oculus Rift requirements cost around a cool $1500 dollars in addition to the Oculus Rift itself. Additionally, as has happened so many times with Oculus Rift, the proper Controllers, not the Xbox One contoller, has been pushed out again to a time to be determined. That, of course, also includes the obligatory price that has yet to be determined for the Oculus Rift controllers. See the Oculus Rift website for specific details regarding the computer requirements for the Oculus Rift VR Headset.

    • Exactly, the headset alone is extremely high in price and like you said that doesn’t even account for what else you’d need to run it. I can easily see things like Samsung’s Galaxy VR set (and cheap ones like it) capturing a niche market, while the ones that are worth wild possibly falling by the wayside.

  2. The competitor is the HTC Vive VR headset with the backing of STEAM. It already appears to be a superior pruduct with a pre-order date set at the end of February, price still unknown. Expect the price to be up there with Oculus Rift but the computer requirements may be lessened due to HTC’s own smartphone and integrated use of ARM CPU integrated components possibly used in the headset alleviated so of the processing from the computer itself. These first gen will definitely be to expensive overall for the general and casual gaming public. The Galaxy VR headset only works with specific newer Galaxy smartphone devices, making it very Vendor and Product specific. However there is a rash of new products in the $50-$100 range that take the Google Cardboard experiance to that of the Galaxy VR experience allowing the use of almost any Smartphone, Android, Apple and even Windows. With comfortable both adjustable headsets and premium optics they allow for the use of most VR software and video content available to these devices. I think that perhaps it is these products that must succeed in the interim to allow for the growth of content while also allowing time for a reasonably priced premium experience to enter the market.

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