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Oculus Thrift

SIX HUNDRED US DOLLARS.

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Well.. probably closer to a thousand dollars with tax, shipping and customs included, if you happen to live in Europe.

Not an impossible price to pay for a good (gaming) monitor, with stereo 3d and headtracking and stuff.. But it's not a monitor most people would use to browse the net, so it's a separate expense.

Pff.
That's a luxury double ply cardboard box she has there AND a power outlet.
Plus there's proximity to a restaurant offering an outdoor dining experience.
Woman must have ducats to spare.

I still can't shake the feeling that this is going to be another of those fly-by-night gimmicks that fades into obscurity not long after launch. Like 3D TV.

At least I *hope*, selfishly, that it doesn't take off in a big way. I get terrible motion sickness, and I also have unbalanced focussing/vision between my eyes. If this takes off in a big way, I'm going to be left behind.

IceForce:
I still can't shake the feeling that this is going to be another of those fly-by-night gimmicks that fades into obscurity not long after launch. Like 3D TV.

At least I *hope*, selfishly, that it doesn't take off in a big way. I get terrible motion sickness, and I also have unbalanced focussing/vision between my eyes. If this takes off in a big way, I'm going to be left behind.

Unlike 3D TV I think there's a (small) market of hardcore gamers that will embrace 3D gaming. Where the 3D TV is mostly impractical and doesn't add that much to your viewing experience (it is nothing like going to a cinema and watching 3D movie), the Rift provides a very different experience from traditional 2D gaming. It is not an experience for everyone and many will be put off by the price tag, but there are almost certainly those that will think it "is the only way" to game.

IceForce:
I still can't shake the feeling that this is going to be another of those fly-by-night gimmicks that fades into obscurity not long after launch. Like 3D TV.

At least I *hope*, selfishly, that it doesn't take off in a big way. I get terrible motion sickness, and I also have unbalanced focussing/vision between my eyes. If this takes off in a big way, I'm going to be left behind.

I think it's more likely to cater to a niche but dedicated audience, like steering wheel controllers do.

09philj:

IceForce:
I still can't shake the feeling that this is going to be another of those fly-by-night gimmicks that fades into obscurity not long after launch. Like 3D TV.

At least I *hope*, selfishly, that it doesn't take off in a big way. I get terrible motion sickness, and I also have unbalanced focussing/vision between my eyes. If this takes off in a big way, I'm going to be left behind.

I think it's more likely to cater to a niche but dedicated audience, like steering wheel controllers do.

I agree with this assessment 100%. Some people still love their flight sticks for flight sims and their wheels for racing games. This thing is perfect for those horror games that always get a million Youtube views so naturally all the big Youtubers are going to be showing this thing off as well, they's a very valuable bit of exposure those other peripherals don't get.

It may not take the world like FB probably wanted it to but it won't fade into the night.

Hey Grey, if Erin has ducats to spare I have some caravels to sell her ifyouknowwhatimean.
(I mean I just hit diplo tech 15 and I don't have AoW)

09philj:

I think it's more likely to cater to a niche but dedicated audience, like steering wheel controllers do.

I think this is likely the most accurate take. I'd say more, but I'm saving it for the podcast this week.

Sol_HSA:
Well.. probably closer to a thousand dollars with tax, shipping and customs included, if you happen to live in Europe.

Not an impossible price to pay for a good (gaming) monitor, with stereo 3d and headtracking and stuff.. But it's not a monitor most people would use to browse the net, so it's a separate expense.

Actually the tax are included in the EU and UK price.

That last panel reminds me a little of Ready Player One 1; Wade, early in the story, isolated and escaping from reality in his crappy trailer stack.

Guys, you uploaded an "Erin dies alone" strip into CM again! D :

09philj:

I think it's more likely to cater to a niche but dedicated audience, like steering wheel controllers do.

This is likely true to an extent, but there is an additional appeal, at least to me.

While I've seen jokes in the context of "the device is worthless if all people can do is watch netflix on it", that isn't entirely accurate. Personally, VR games is of a limited appeal and questionable potential outside of on-rails or sitting (driving/cockpit based) games.

But, virtual desktops. If I could have a headset to create and control a virtual environment unhindered by the requirement of owning and positioning multiple physical monitors around a desk. Replacing the traditional monitor experience (not to mention the theater experience for home movie watching) is a very real, practical, consistent and widespread use case that exists already. That's a market already available and depends only on the creation of at least a single quality piece of software to offer it (Virtual Desktop already exists and looks promising).

Beyond that, it's just a matter of some marketing to raise public awareness of such a thing and then we've got an open ended demand for ever improving iterations of VR devices and higher resolutions.

I doubt any of that will take place on a significant scale with the Oculus, but I don't see VR (or AR) fading into a minor niche role. For games, maybe, but what we're also seeing is the potential for a transition from 2D to 3D in our operating systems and general software.

I agree with those saying that this'll be a a niche gimmick that doesn't really go mainstream...the price-point certainly doesn't help things.

Though I do believe it'll go the way of the Kinect and (most likely) Holo-Lens: end up being adopted by non-gaming industries and used for more "real world" applications.

kajinking:
This thing is perfect for those horror games that always get a million Youtube views

I don't know how you can say that, since this covers half the user's face and that's 90% of what makes those channels popular. ;)

Yeah this is gonna crash and burn faster than Kinect.

IceForce:
I still can't shake the feeling that this is going to be another of those fly-by-night gimmicks that fades into obscurity not long after launch. Like 3D TV.

At least I *hope*, selfishly, that it doesn't take off in a big way. I get terrible motion sickness, and I also have unbalanced focussing/vision between my eyes. If this takes off in a big way, I'm going to be left behind.

Heck I prefer 3DTVs than this. Infact I wish these people make glasses free 3D devices like Nintendo's 3DS. Imagine that system for a TV.

Getting some Playstation 3 vibes over here... definatly.

Plus the bloody thing has allmost no developers developing for it since the industry is so scared of dipping their toes into new territories.

I like the "Give us your money" banner below the comic... ;)

I would rather spend that kind of money on a curved monitor and a Radeon Fury X.

Lucky me!
I live in Holland, where the actual Dukats were made and used!
Pure, golden coins... Just 600, what a bargain!

Really listen to these lyrics (from like 1996): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlv672jqbtE
And YES, the Vengaboys where also Dutch!!! We have ALLLL the good stuff!

That is one sturdy cardboard box if it didn't crumble under the rain!

Jadak:
snip (vr desktops)

I never even thought about using that thing for virtual desktops. I really like that idea, although as someone prone to being jumpy I can't help but wonder how I'd look at the office screaming in fear at a sudden pop-up.

I think I'd like to try that out with good software to back it up.

flying_whimsy:

Jadak:
snip (vr desktops)

I never even thought about using that thing for virtual desktops. I really like that idea, although as someone prone to being jumpy I can't help but wonder how I'd look at the office screaming in fear at a sudden pop-up.

I think I'd like to try that out with good software to back it up.

Speaking of virtual desktops and bringing this back to gaming, it's hardly something you'd go out and by a VR headset for but if you already have one I think it would be cool to play a turn based strategy game like Civilization with it. Give you a real 'god' view of the game board while you crush Gandhi would be a nice novelty.

Will I be a casualty of the VRpocalypse?

Probably.

Caramel Frappe:
I laughed, but then felt quite sad ... it really says something when you're doing this in a cardboard box, out in the rain lol.
She could of at least did this indoors, in her house or in the basement. It's better than, this ... *thefeelsarestrong*

She probably stopped paying her part of the rent to afford it. Who knows?

I can't take credit for this, but I'm just gonna leave it here.

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Kenjitsuka:
Lucky me!
I live in Holland, where the actual Dukats were made and used!
Pure, golden coins... Just 600, what a bargain!

Really listen to these lyrics (from like 1996): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlv672jqbtE
And YES, the Vengaboys where also Dutch!!! We have ALLLL the good stuff!

How many ducats does a polder cost? For comparison.

for us australians with postage you are looking at close to $1200 AUD and when i checked the list of compatible games.. well i like eurotruck simulator 2 but not enough to spend basically $300 extra to enjoy it in VR for example.

guess ill wait to see what valve do with the vive and the requirements, i need a new graphics card anyhow if i go VR

"can you put a price on a man's waifu?"

Yes - however much the hitman charges.

In all seriousness, Oculus Rift + World of Warcraft = every stereotype about WoW ever being fulfilled. Or for that matter, Total War - you'd be a king/emperor/sultan in that. WoW, you're just some random dude who dies a lot.

But with that kind of price tag, unless life's already been pretty good to you, you won't be getting it.

IceForce:
I still can't shake the feeling that this is going to be another of those fly-by-night gimmicks that fades into obscurity not long after launch. Like 3D TV.

3d TVs really haven't gone away. From what I've seen at Best Buy, companies still put out new models, and there's an 12 foot section of the movie space dedicated to 3d movies. (That's bigger than the anime section). I think it's a case of people deciding to upgrade their TV and figuring "might as well get the fancy one".
OT: I could buy a new TV AND console for the price of an Occulus Rift. That's absurd.

09philj:

IceForce:
I still can't shake the feeling that this is going to be another of those fly-by-night gimmicks that fades into obscurity not long after launch. Like 3D TV.

At least I *hope*, selfishly, that it doesn't take off in a big way. I get terrible motion sickness, and I also have unbalanced focussing/vision between my eyes. If this takes off in a big way, I'm going to be left behind.

I think it's more likely to cater to a niche but dedicated audience, like steering wheel controllers do.

I think you're right. I mean, it's basically a pointless item for about half the games being made, since it doesn't really fit with third person games. That already limits its uses. And, while you could probably use it for COD or something, it really fits best with horror titles, and other atmospheric games. I wouldn't mind having one myself, just not for $600. Someone out there doesn't mind, though, so I'm sure this will enjoy moderate success.

How about an alternative that would go well with that cardboard box of yours?

I loved. It seems like something taken out of a cyberpunk world. People can't afford houses or food, because they need Oculus Rift more than anything else.

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