Oculus Rift Creator: "PlayStation VR Not As High-End As Ours"
When it was announced that Oculus Rift would cost $600, we wondered if that higher-than-anticipated price gave PlayStation VR the edge, as Sony's device might be as low as $400.
But in defending the price of Rift, creator Palmer Luckey said the two virtual reality devices are targeting different markets. He also told the IB Times that PlayStation VR simply isn't quite as capable as Oculus Rift:
"I think that there's not many people who already own a PS4 who don't own a gaming PC who are going to go out and make that roughly $1,500 all-in investment in the Rift. It really is a separate market. They're bringing virtual reality to a different group of people who I don't think were ever really a part of our market anyway.
It's also worth noting that their headset isn't quite as high-end as ours--it's still, I think, a good headset--and the PlayStation 4 is not nearly as powerful as our recommended spec for a PC."
In point of fact, the PlayStation 4 by itself isn't capable enough to handle Sony's new VR device, as it will come with an external processor rumored to be "about the size of a Wii." Also, Luckey noted that Sony is definitely trying to produce "a lot of VR games," which boss man Kaz Hirai recently reiterated: He said over 100 titles are currently in development.
No matter what, price will play a very large role in the VR battle this year. We'll have to see if the estimated sales for each device are accurate; the report says PlayStation VR should sell about 1.9 million in 2016.
1/8/2016 8:46:06 PM Ben Dutka