Vive pre-orders open Feb. 29
The HTC Vive won several best in show awards at CES, but the company’s decreasing revenue from Android phones could mean the headset is the company’s last hope for relevance in the tech industry. CEO Cher Wang told The Telegraph “we had to rethink phones as a company. VR is more important.”
Wang announced that pre-orders begin February 29.
Check out Tested’s 24-minute video looking at Vive hardware. Also, Ian interviewed Valve’s Chet Faliszek about Vive’s holodeck-like first consumer version.
Palmer Luckey defends Rift pricing
Oculus announced a $600 price point for the Rift when sales began last Wednesday. The higher-than-expected price generated considerable disappointment in the VR community but didn’t stop the initial stock set to ship on March 28 from being immediately sold out, followed quickly by the April and May deliveries. New orders are now expected to ship in June.
In the wake of the pre-orders, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey performed a pair of Q&A sessions on Reddit, the first apologizing for poorly preparing enthusiasts for the price point. Luckey’s second session with the PC enthusiasts on Reddit covered a number of subjects, including how Oculus discourages developers from employing jump scares in VR.
Check out Tested’s 14-minute video looking at Rift hardware.
Last week’s issue contained a typo that attributed the new KeyMission 360 action cam to Nokia instead of Nikon. To be clear, Nikon is selling the KeyMission 360. Sample videos have become available for the camera which have rankled some in the community for disregarding the comfort of viewers attempting to use a VR headset thanks to violently shaky camerawork.
Check out this fantastic read from John Patrick Pullen at Time. He tried VR for the first time at CES. His newcomer experience is very personal, yet familiar.
“Wandering around CES this week, I watched dozens of people with VR goggles on. Before I put a pair on my face, I looked at these people and snickered over how goofy they looked from the outside, flailing about nonsensically. But after trying virtual reality myself, I found myself focusing on their smiles instead.”