Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?



  • Rumour is that OR is working towards and entry level VR headset that is wireless and cheap, coming in at just $200 and hopefully going to be seeing the light of day in 2018. Certainly news to the followed. But OR says that they have no product to show off for us, yet.

    The industry certainly needs something in this space. Sitting between the "phones on your face" and the high end systems available for gamers today.


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    Fingers crossed, I would totally buy that.



  • It's an Rift and not a Vive... either way we'll see. This is good news.



  • @mlnews said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    The industry certainly needs something in this space. Sitting between the "phones on your face" and the high end systems available for gamers today.

    The industry does? Personally - VR is just a fad. Does VR have uses - sure. Specifically I think HoloLense is awesome and will have some real value in very niche areas, but for the consumer?

    I see VR hand/face held devices in the same vein. Sure there's a smallish market for it in gaming. But my big time gamer friends tell me that VR is actually a hindrance to them. Short tournaments where everyone has to do it, mixing it in online semi-pro doesn't seem likely (again, unless it's completely split off from it's flat display version).

    So - what am I missing?



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  • /sigh, I'm tired - I replaced VR with 3D... but other than the movie aspect, which I removed, it still applies.


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    @dashrender said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    @mlnews said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    The industry certainly needs something in this space. Sitting between the "phones on your face" and the high end systems available for gamers today.

    The industry does? Personally - VR is just a fad. Does VR have uses - sure. Specifically I think HoloLense is awesome and will have some real value in very niche areas, but for the consumer?

    I see VR hand/face held devices in the same vein. Sure there's a smallish market for it in gaming. But my big time gamer friends tell me that VR is actually a hindrance to them. Short tournaments where everyone has to do it, mixing it in online semi-pro doesn't seem likely (again, unless it's completely split off from it's flat display version).

    So - what am I missing?

    Tournaments? In gaming? That's so niche that it's nearly something only mentioned in movies. Remember "The Wizard"? In the real world, gaming is rarely tournament based or even games that could be. Most gaming is more casual and a lot is single player. No idea of single to multi-player ratios anymore, but single is still big.

    I doubt VR is a fad. It's been the light at the end of the tunnel for decades. It wasn't created by a company looking for a gimmick. And having used even a cheap system for it recently, I can tell you, I'll be gaming that way in a year or two for sure. Both of my kids loved it as well. There is a leap in gaming, especially single player deep story telling I think, when you go from looking at a picture to living inside of the game world.


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    VR is good for people like me who don't get to game for long. It's more immersive, so if I get a short burst of time in a game, at least it can be intense. And I don't get so much time in any game to make the VR a problem.



  • I see something like the Back to the Future II, Marty Jr wearing glasses that basically gave him alone the appearance of 80+ in Screens.

    But then again, I don't wear headphones and rock out while working on an open table in the middle of the room like the 20 somethings of today at places like Google and DropBox.

    So I'm sure it's my ol' Luddite kickin' in.


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    @dashrender said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    I see something like the Back to the Future II, Marty Jr wearing glasses that basically gave him alone the appearance of 80+ in Screens.

    But then again, I don't wear headphones and rock out while working on an open table in the middle of the room like the 20 somethings of today at places like Google and DropBox.

    So I'm sure it's my ol' Luddite kickin' in.

    That's AR. Which is interesting as well. But is way more for hanging out with people in public. And VR does that, too. That's what the Samsung VR system is like. But AR is problematic because... who wants to watch a movie and see people THROUGH it? We don't use transparent TV screens for a reason, it makes it hard to do either thing. Neat tech, but decently useless for the human brain as it is currently wired. AR with things like facial recognition, where you walk up to someone and it shows you their name, birthday, occupation, town of residence, puts a big arrow over their spouse, reminds you of their name as well, tells you the last time you talked.... that's AR that people could use. AR that gives you walking directions around your grocery store to find the baking chocolate instead of the candy bars would be amazing, shopping lists always in your vision instead of in your pocket, a visual calender that shows how long till your next appointment and how far away you are, driving instructions and so forth. AR has great uses, but not so much in entertaining.

    VR has few uses for anything but entertainment. It's ridiculous to think of VR as being useful as a writing tool or a system admin tool, there just isn't value to add other than removing distractions and giving you unlimited screen real estate.



  • Scott nailed the AR prospects. AR could also be used for marketing and businesses, such as an architectural firm. Ever want to add on to a building or build new someplace but just cant see it? With plans and schematics loaded at the location, you could just about see it in real life before its built. It could also help engineers and architects find problems with buildings before they are ever built which could significantly cut down on costs.

    VR to me is totally just for entertainment. Movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc. Think of what it would be like to watch a documentary that put you into the civil war, side by side with those that probably fought, and see how it all played out. Or to explore another area without actually having to go there, such as the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower. Or, think of VR over the dark webs. That could get a little creepy.



  • @dashrender said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    @mlnews said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    The industry certainly needs something in this space. Sitting between the "phones on your face" and the high end systems available for gamers today.

    The industry does? Personally - VR is just a fad. Does VR have uses - sure. Specifically I think HoloLense is awesome and will have some real value in very niche areas, but for the consumer?

    I see VR hand/face held devices in the same vein. Sure there's a smallish market for it in gaming. But my big time gamer friends tell me that VR is actually a hindrance to them. Short tournaments where everyone has to do it, mixing it in online semi-pro doesn't seem likely (again, unless it's completely split off from it's flat display version).

    So - what am I missing?

    More immersive gameplay is the big one. More avenues to tell a story is another. There is also the multiplayer aspect where you will be living in a world with friends. MMOs become more like the real world when you can live inside of them (I can't remember the name but this is actually being done with a living room where you and friends from across the world can sit down together and watch a movie).

    Outside of gaming as a whole. VR is being used in various therapies and the introduction of new and more low cost equipment will make that more accessible to the general public.



  • AR is going to be a game changer for the reasons mentioned above. You wouldn't watch a movie with it but for consumption of relevant information on the fly it's going to be amazing.


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    @coliver said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    AR is going to be a game changer for the reasons mentioned above. You wouldn't watch a movie with it but for consumption of relevant information on the fly it's going to be amazing.

    Yeah, I can imagine SO many uses for it at the office or in meetings.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    @coliver said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    AR is going to be a game changer for the reasons mentioned above. You wouldn't watch a movie with it but for consumption of relevant information on the fly it's going to be amazing.

    Yeah, I can imagine SO many uses for it at the office or in meetings.

    Not looking like an idiot when I forget people's names? I'd buy that tech in a heartbeat.



  • How about a virtually assembled congress? This is already being considered today in many states so that the congress-people can get back into touch with their constituents. It also increases safety for the government as all of your eggs are not in one basket, in Congress.



  • @nerdydad said in Is a $200 Wireless Oculus Rift Coming Next Year?:

    How about a virtually assembled congress? This is already being considered today in many states so that the congress-people can get back into touch with their constituents. It also increases safety for the government as all of your eggs are not in one basket, in Congress.

    LOL - that will be the day.


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