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Oculus Rift targets $300 price point at launch, could be free one day

By Jos · 25 replies
Jul 16, 2013
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  1. There’s been plenty of chatter about the Oculus Rift and the promise of truly immersive gameplay. But for all the praise we see in the media, few have actually tried one of the development units, while most people make do...

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  2. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    Is that a diopter adjustment I see on the side?
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,259

    Whether it is or not I can't say. It would make sense if it was.
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    In for two on day one!
  5. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I imagine myself being the old fart in a retirement home demanding to know where my danged controller is.
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  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    Will prolonged wearing make my face look like Spongebob?
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  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Can't be any worse than the Virtual Boy and I still have that
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  8. pmkrefeld

    pmkrefeld TS Member Posts: 44

    As long as u will get half HD resolution on a simulated 200" screen its useless even when sold at 20$
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    If it works out pretty well, I might find myself buying one for Star Citizen.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,259

    You shouldn't be so critical.

    I remember playing games at 640x480 and then moving to 800x600. The tech is new, give it time to pay for itself as well as future upgrades. I'd be happy playing at 1,280 x 800 resolution (640 x 800 per eye), as long as the closeup items didn't look like Minecraft.
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  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Oh the nostalgia!!! it's... painful...
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  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    Regarding the resolution, they're not using it linearly. There are more pixels for the centre. From everything I've read it's a very effective solution. I've yet to read a comment from someone who used the Rift which said anything bad about it.

    Not to mention that they did show a 1080p prototype at E3, up from 1280x800 for the development prototype. That may be what they'll end up selling for $300.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,976   +2,870

    Why Spongebob? Wouldn't you rather look like Sam Fisher?
  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    I meant, it looks so square on the face, so one day you remove it and your face looks the same way ;) Also, I know the guy in person (see my avatar) ;)
  15. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +102

    It looks retarded.
  16. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

  17. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    I think this is really exciting technology! Certainly looks very impressive from the videos I've seen so far. One of my mates works for google and he said one of his colleagues had one in the office the other day, I'll have to find out if it was any good or not.
  18. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    well, tell us what he says ;)
  19. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 261   +39

    Why has it not been named to the Oculus Reisse? :(
  20. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    Saw him last night! :) He said it was odd at first to get used to then totally incredible. He said it was so immersive that at one point he forgot where he was and tried to stand up and walk somewhere, almost pulled the laptop off the desk! And then there was a bit of a readjustment period after removing them to get back to reality hah. I realllllly want to try one now!
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  21. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    Sounds like it will create a new generation of zombies :)
  22. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    And create so many new possibilities for people who like to play pranks on their friends..
  23. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    There are technologies currently at work that when combined should offer a really interesting experience. It is predicted that when Oculus Rift releases the resolution will be bumped up. Then there is the Omni that is the in place treadmill that will keep you from dragging your laptop off the table. And of course a Kinect or Kinect like device to capture more of your motions. :p In essence, to have a complete VR experience you will need to shell out about a grand... that is not to bad since it is all new and the price will come down. It used to be 25 grand and more... I'm excited. About new game experiences, new UI and human interfaces with the Computer and accessing data. Awesomeness awaits!
  24. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    It's not just predicted - it's pretty much confirmed by the devs in this video -
  25. HarmlessHamster

    HarmlessHamster TS Rookie

    Will it support games I already own?
    Could I play Quake 1 with this system?
    In other words is there a front end that would allow someone to play a video game that is governed by a graphics engine?
    Would it not so totally rock to play Outlast or Amnesia with this headset?!
    It would so totally be awesome to rock flight sims without the need for extra expensive monitors!
    I would love to walk the moon and look around - even if it's just that!
    I am old enough to experience the joy in playing the first video games to ever come out (in 8 bit) but the joy of discovery was there. I cannot wait until they come out with an oculus what is light enough to be worn as slyish glasses that are 3k resolution!
    Imagine if you could hook this up to treadmill or bike and look around as you bike around Paris!

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