Oculus Price Drops The Rift and Announces New VR tool

Oculus Price Drops The Rift and Announces New VR tool

Getting into VR gaming has just gotten easier.

LizardRock by LizardRock on Oct 11, 2017 @ 04:00 PM (Staff Bios)
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At the Oculus Connect Conference 2017, Oculus announced that they would be lowering Rift VR headset price to a permanent $399. Previously $499, gamers can now get a hold of the Rift and matching Oculus Touch motion controllers for $100 less, though this move has been implemented just shortly after the end of the Oculus Summer Sale (which reduced the Rift's price to $399 for a good while). Now, the Rift is financially on par with PlayStation's PSVR system.

Just last year, the headset and controllers would have cost you a grand total of $798 . It can be speculated that this is a reaction to both the HTC Vive's price being reduced to $599 and the Summer Sale's success. This is a great mark towards making VR more widely available to your average gamer.

Oculus has also announced an upcoming new VR system called the Oculus Go, which appears to be a mix between console and mobile VR in that it requires no cables nor a smartphone to power it. Official statements report that the system will be priced at $199. While I believe this item is a great tool for introducing VR to newcomers, I fear that it won't have the power required to truly showcase what virtual reality is capable of.

I am a devout fan of VR gaming, and while I would not recommend an Oculus product to a friend, this is a sign of healthy competition that will lead to advancements being made, all while curtailing prices. Before investing in a VR headset, be sure to check if you have both the physical space to manage one and a powerful enough computer system to operate it. The latter need not apply to the PSVR.

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