After years of waiting, virtual reality (VR) fans finally have some details about the consumer launch of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Oculus VR’s long awaited kit will be arriving within the first 3 months of next year and the near-final version of the device has been showcased at multiple events. One question that still linger however, is the Oculus Rift price. The company has hinted at ‘all-in’ figures in the past, including a PC that is in line with the minimum specification for running VR, but not revealed the final cost of just the HMD. That said, it has recently reassured that it is making the device ‘as affordable as possible’.
Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey recently explained as much in an interview with Tom’s Hardware. “Many people think that the limiting factor for virtual reality is going to be the price,” Luckey said. “The reality of it is, we’re trying to make the hardware as affordable as possible, and the money will be made on software. The one thing people forget, however, is that the PC that it will take to run a VR experience will be the defining factor in the total cost. Even if we sell our hardware for as little as $100, or even $50, the PC that it will take to run VR will take the total cost up much further, and that isn’t something we can control.”
Just when Oculus VR will announce the final price for the Oculus Rift remains to be seen. A good chance to do so will arrive next month at the company’s second ever developer conference, Oculus Connect 2. The event runs from 23rd – 25th September at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California and will include keynote sessions from major VR figureheads as well as panels, sessions and opportunities to sample some of the latest VR software. Fans are also hoping to learn a specific launch date for the Oculus Rift at the show.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.