Can PlayStation VR Win The War By Being A Lot Cheaper?
Okay, so as we all know by now, one of the year's anticipated virtual reality devices, Oculus Rift, will retail for $600.
Sony hasn't announced an official price tag for their PlayStation VR device, but they've said on more than one occasion to expect a retail cost similar to that of a new game console.
Now, that's a good deal less than $600. So, the question should be, if PlayStation VR comes out with a $400 price tag - or somewhere around there - will that price difference give Sony the undeniable edge in the exploding VR marketplace? A recent report estimated that it would sell just shy of 2 million in 2016, while Oculus Rift and HTC Vive would combine for 6.6 million. Well, it appears that gamers are none too pleased with that $600 price tag for Oculus, and as a result, this might leave the door open for Sony.
Hey, let's not forget that one of the biggest hurdles for a new piece of technology is price. In fact, it might be the biggest hurdle. This should remind people of 2006; PS3 had trouble getting off the ground at $600, while Xbox 360 surged ahead at its much more agreeable $400 price point. Granted, the 360 beat the PS3 to market by a year and that won't be the case for PlayStation VR and the other devices, but even so, price is critical. If Sony was accurate before, and their VR tech is really a few hundred dollars cheaper, that could be a gigantic boon for Sony.
What do you think?
1/6/2016 9:40:23 PM Ben Dutka