Today Amazon slashed the price of the Oculus Rift headset with Touch Controllers Bundle to speed the pace at which the virtual reality technology is working its way into homes.
Oculus Rift headsets bundled with Touch controllers for letting people reach into faux worlds began selling for $599 as Amazon lopped $200 off the price of buying the VR hardware that hit the market last year. The price of the Rift alone was dropped to $499 and Touch controllers to $99.
The Oculus Rift is a head-mounted virtual reality gear that allows the wearer to experience a computer-generated world. Over the years, several other companies such as Samsung, Google, and Sony have entered this nascent technology category, but Oculus’ $399 offering has unarguably been the most anticipated. To actually use the Oculus Rift (or other headsets such as HTC’s Vive) you will also need a powerful PC to run the software for the headset, and the combined cost of the headset and PC is close to $1,500.
With the Oculus Rift costing and HTC Vive costing, not factoring the hardware needed to use either, it would appear that the limit on the number of enthusiasts looking to spend that much has been reached. In comparison, 36.95 percent of Steam users are still using 1920×1080 resolution – the most popular at the moment, with only 1.68 percent adopting 2560×1440. This would make adoption of 4K displays – another talking point for many a company such as Microsoft, Nvidia, and Sony, nowhere close to mainstream levels.