We were lucky to receive an enter our Oculus Reift giveaway DK2 review unit and have been spending the past two days experiencing the device. We will bring a more detailed analysis of the DK2 in the next week or so. However, our initial impressions leave us impressed with some minor drawbacks.
The Oculus Rift DK2 unit easily fits onto your head and most people can see well with it after some minor adjustments. The sweet spot for optimal focus is small, but not as bad as it was on the Sony HMZ-T1 from 2011. You may look like a complete geek wearing the device, but you will also feel comfortable and not experience the same headaches with Sony’s video and gaming headsets. We had major headaches after using different roller coaster and cyberspace rides, but that’s a different story.
I know you’re upset, but think about it for a minute: New technology is always expensive, often prohibitively so. Remember how much the original iPhone cost, back in 2007? It was priced at $600 with a two-year contract The first-generation Kindle: a shocking $400 , and it wasn’t even a Paperwhite Three years ago, a 55-inch 4K TV would have set free Oculus Rift VR headset you back $5,000 – now better sets can be had for a little over a grand. That’s the cycle: New technology enters the market at a premium price that drops with each subsequent generation. Today the lowest-end Kindle costs less than $80. Okay, a new iPhone will still cost you over $600, but at least you don’t need to sign a contract anymore.
It isn’t that I’m not also disappointed with the price – of course I want a more affordable Rift! – it’s that I’m not surprised, and you shouldn’t be either. Like it or not, the Oculus Rift’s price makes sense. It makes sense in the context of the hardware being sold, it makes sense when compared to other first-generation product launches and it makes sense as a product aimed specifically at VR early-adopters. Did Oculus fail to set proper expectations? Yes, absolutely – even Palmer Luckey admitted as much during his Reddit AMA Is it expensive? Yes. It’s supposed to be. Don’t worry about it. The next Rift will be cheaper, and the one after that cheaper still. It’s going to be okay.
Recently, Facebook has acquired the Oculus Rift and that has made some people feel that the future of this device has been cheapened. However, as Los Angeles Industry Analyst Paul Mueller has told us, this is anything but true. Mueller says that the funding from Facebook will guarantee a robust future for the Oculus Rift project and the capabilities for the device and software will definitely be increased.