By now, we’ve all seen the recommended specs for the PCs that owners should have if they want to use an Oculus Rift. We’ve also, more than likely, seen the $599 price point for the virtual reality headset. It is, thanks to its price, a premium product.
What of its competition? Speaking with the International Business Times, Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey explained that it’s quite clear the PlayStation VR isn’t going to be as good as the Oculus Rift.
“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.”
Notice that Luckey succinctly states that he thinks the PlayStation VR is still a good product; however, the Oculus Rift is better quality. It also requires a better computer than what the PS4 really is.
“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.”
The Oculus folks know what they’re getting into with this high priced, high quality headset, that much is clear. It’s also insanely interesting that Oculus doesn’t see PS4 owners as part of its market. Couldn’t they be?
We’ll see how this all pans out once the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR are finally on the market together.