The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, just said that the Oculus Rift will definitely cost more than $350. Furthermore, he also said it’s because they want the first generation of VR headsets as good as possible, not doing any compromises.
Recently, Sony’s CEO Andrew House announced that PlayStation VR will cost as much as a new console. Speaking of Sony and PlayStation, it’s likely that he referred to the PS4, which was $399 by launch. Now Oculus turned in with Palmer revealing that people will have to spend more than $350 on their device, which doesn’t count as a surprise by looking at our price predictions.
In an interview with RoadToVR, he explained why Oculus Rift has to be so “expensive” in detail: “You know, I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. We’re roughly in that ballpark… but it’s going to cost more than that. And the reason for that is that we’ve added a lot of technology to this thing beyond what existed in the DK1 and DK2 days.” Then he continues telling that they’re trying to provide the “best possible experience that [they] were able to make”. Since it’s part of the first new generation of VR headsets, people will know and recognize this as virtual reality, so they better try hard to make sure people won’t be disappointed.
What’s your opinion on that? Would you prefer a cheaper Oculus Rift with worse tech?