When the Oculus VR was purchased by Facebook for $2 billion, there were some people who had their doubts on it, and some aren?t too impressed with the move. Especially those who backed the technology in its younger stages. Many were uncomfortable about the deal, and even Minecraft creator stopped supporting the device due to Oculus VR being a ?sellout?. The team behind Oculus was quick enough to take these doubts away fortunately.
According to Palmer Luckey, the Oculus? main focus still revolves around gaming, and the deal will make sense within a year. John Carmack, former id Software guy who became the Chief Tech Officer even said ?get the Big Picture as I see it, and it will be a powerful force towards making it happen.??
A good and clear indication of that is the news that came from the CEO of Oculus, Brendan Iribe, that the VR headset will be much cheaper than what people would have thought. All this, because of Facebook?s wealth.
According to Iribe, the cost of the V1 headset will be very low, as they do not aim for a high margin for the product. He also mentioned that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, wants to bring out the V1 headset in the best quality and lowest price as much as possible. They plan to achieve their target release date by 2015.
The company, however, isn?t aiming for crazy amounts of sales and popularity in the retail market just yet. A few million units are just what they actually aim for the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift. This does not, however, mean that they don?t expect the Oculus to sell well. Iribe, and the entire Oculus VR team are positive, that this technology, once it hits the market, will be well-received. All it needs is a good amount of customer feedback, and this will let the developers come up with even greater ideas for the VR headset.
The Oculus VR and Project Morpheus did ?great with their presence in the recent E3 and it would clearly seem that the future of VR gaming is bright.
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