The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has been available to pre-order for almost two months now and, while Oculus VR won’t share specific figures about how it’s performing, the company is adamant that it’s surpassing its expectations. There are still plenty of people yet to decide if they’ll buy an Oculus Rift, however, especially with the HTC Vive now also available to pre-order. To those people, Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey recommends that you should try the kit before you make your mind up.
Luckey said as much to ShackNews in a recent interview. “You should try it first,” he replied when asked what he would say to people on the fence. “That is the best way to decide if you are interested in VR or not. I bet that most people who have tried VR are going to be interested but even the people that try it and aren’t interested right now, they say ‘oh, it’s a little too expensive for me’, ‘my computer’s not fast enough’ or even just straight up ‘hey, this quality isn’t where I want it to be’. If they try the Rift, they will understand that, at some point, virtual reality is going to be really important.
“Most people can understand that if the cost comes down and the quality goes up, then VR’s going to be something they really want to have in their life,” Luckey concluded. “And that’s my real goal, is to convince people that virtual reality is going to be an important part of their life and very few people try the Rift and come away with a different opinion.”
The Oculus Rift will start to ship on 28th March 2016 and includes a tracking unit, Xbox One controller, Oculus Remote and Lucky’s Tale. Anyone that pre-orders will also get a free copy of EVE: Valkyrie.
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