Back in July 2017 I wrote an article about the Oculus Rift price drop in a move to make it more appealing to consumers to compete with the HTC which at the time was the most popular VR headset on the market.
Turns out this was the right move from Oculus who are now seeing the fruits of their price drop with the Rift for the first time ever, being the most used VR device according to the monthly Steam hardware survey.
I wrote at the time how great of a move it was by Oculus to make the headset more affordable, I myself even purchsed a Rift after much internal debate about which headset to get, but with their price just so much better for an extremely similar experience it was a no brainier at that stage. It will be interesting to see how the HTC Vive will respond, if we will see a price drop on their end too to try and win back market share. I think we will see a price drop on the original Vive very soon especially with the anticipated release of the Vive PRO in the next few months which includes a new headset that’s lighter, more comfortable, 10m by 10m tracking and a new 2880 x 1600 resolution (78% increase over the current HTC Vive’s resolution). We will bring you more information on the Vive PRO once it’s released but the price point I’m sure will be similar to the original Vive so you are looking at probably over $1000AUD, which for some regards of how good it is, is just too much.
It’s going to be an interesting few months for VR headsets and it will be interested to see how Oculus responds to the Vive PRO this year. If this goes to show anything VR is here to stay and is not just a passing fad. It’s only to get bigger and bigger and more immersive and impressive and we will be here covering it every step of the way.