How consumers will afford VR

Why Cloud Gaming Will Popularize Virtual Reality

The virtual reality hype is real. It is undeniable that virtual reality is in popular demand among early adopters and hardcore gamers. Facebook’s Oculus Rift is sold out until June because, despite an initial public outcry against its price, many are willing to pay $599 to be one of the first to own the headset. Those who purchased Rift are also presumably willing to purchase a PC necessary to operate the headset, if they do not already own one. The new PC will likely cost them at least an extra $1,000 based on Oculus’ recommended hardware specifications. This makes the initial total cost of virtual reality at least $1,500, placing first-generation virtual reality out of the price range of most consumers, except the most passionate supporters. ….[READ]

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