I have been following the news of the VR development headsets that will be launched shortly. This means for those who don’t have the money to shell out for the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift (myself included) will finally have much more cost effective options to enter the VR space.
Now I am not saying that these headsets will be cheap. The most talked about headsets being launched by Acer and HP will ship with a sticker price of $299 and $329 respectively, but for some where every dollar counts they offer an alternative purchasing option that rings in a little cheaper.
And as with any new tech others have decided to throw their hands in the pot as well with Dell releasing their own version, which they are calling the Dell Visor shipping at a price of $349.99 (USD) for just the headset and $499 (USD) for a bundle that includes two controllers. At these prices it starts to fall slightly outside of my definition of affordable considering that at the moment you could pick up the Oculus Rift on their Summer Sale for just $399 (USD), which includes two controllers. So we will have to wait and see how Dell plans to capture the market with all the options that are out there vying for consumers attention.
These headsets fall in the mixed reality category because unlike other headsets on the market there is no need for external sensors for position and motion tracking allowing for a more immersive and liberating experience.
And a recent announcement has confirmed that Window’s Mixed Reality Headsets will support SteamVR content, which opens up a lot of doors for consumption of VR content which only a few years ago was considered a niche but is now becoming a mainstream offering with the support and backing of big names in the tech industry.
To say I am excited to see where this is all going would be an understatement.