Remember back in 2015 when it felt like you could go months without any news of the seemingly far away virtual reality headsets, relishing each drip of information that came along? Now 2016 has hit and it rather feels like the floodgates have opened with news, preorders, and rumours all washing over our heads at once.
The latest piece of virtual reality news is that preorders for HTC and Valve’s Vive will open on February 29th, with the first headsets expected to be delivered in April. There’s no official price or exact release date yet, but we imagine those will be announced in February, or maybe even on the day the preorders go live like the Oculus Rift.
After the Oculus Rift’s £499 price tag left some feeling cold about the headset, it’s likely quite a few people are waiting to see what the Vive and Playstation VR will cost before they make a final decision on which to buy, if they decide to buy one at all. Considering, though, that the Vive has the added feature of the front-facing camera, its own controllers designed specifically for VR interaction, and requires a PC just as powerful as the Rift to work, I wouldn’t expect it to cost any less than the Rift. Actually, it’s likely it will cost more.
Now that we’re close to having all of the information we need about the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, really we’re only waiting to hear more about Playstation VR to make a fully informed decision on which is the most appealing headset to buy. It might have been reported that Playstation have over 100 titles in development, but right now it feels that as much as content will be important to consumers when it comes to choosing which headset to purchase, price is going to play an even bigger part; for many it could be the deciding factor. Forget the console wars, the VR headset wars are coming now.
If you’d like to read more on HTC Vive, check out our interview with Senior Manager of Product Marketing at HTC, JB McRee. He doesn’t reveal the price, but he does have some interesting things to say about the VR development process and VR in general.
Via The Telegraph