The entry price to get involved into the world of virtual reality has been reduced once again thanks to oculus rift and their ‘Summer of Rift’ promotion bringing the cost of blowing your mind in 3D space down to a mere $449USD delivered to Australia, which at the time of writing comes to roughly AU$590. The previous cost of the Oculus Rift to Australians was around AU$850 so this new price drop is very welcome and surely puts the heat on the HTC Vive which currently sells for AU$1,399. The summer of rift sale is expected to last about a month so you have a bit of time to consider it if you are sitting on the fence.
This seems like a no brainer to which headset to get if you are tossing up between the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift with the price difference currently being a whopping $800. The two headsets are so comparable with a few exclusive games to each device and differences in the controllers but that’s about it. Yes you can talk about room scale but you are still going to get basically the same VR experience on both devices so the justifications for getting Vive over a Rift just don’t seem to add up to $800 at this current point in time.
Many have speculated as to why the Rift is dropping it’s price once again, from trying to gain more market share over the HTC Vive and Playstation VR (which the Rift is currently behind in), to the cheaper cost of components, or even a new generation of the Rift being announced in the next few months. Whatever the reason, it’s a win for consumers and there has never been a better time to get into virtual reality at this price point, I couldn’t think of a better toy to spend your pocket money on if you are even slightly interested in virtual reality.