PlayStation VR Is Not As High End As Oculus Rift, Says Oculus Inventor Luckey Palmer

Does that mean it won’t cost an arm and a leg?

Posted By | On 12th, Jan. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Oculus VR is incredibly expensive, costing $599, and also demanding extremely high end PCs to even run. This kind of price has naturally had people worried that other VR solutions, such as HTC’s Vive, or Sony’s PlayStation VR, may also end up charging a pretty penny.

However, that does not necessarily have to be the case- Oculus Rift is an extremely high end VR solution, which contributed to the price. PlayStation VR, at the very least, will not have this problem, Oculus inventor Palmer Luckey thinks.

Speaking to IB Times, Luckey said that the Oculus is a more high-end product than PlayStation VR, and that it also demands far more upfront technical investment, in the kind of specs that it demands to even run.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

So in the end, PlayStation VR is going to expand the VR market while being cheaper, and not as technologically accomplished as Oculus. Essentially, it sounds as though the PlayStation VR is the console equivalent to the Oculus’ high end PC.

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  • polysix

    no shiiii…

  • Tech junkie

    Pretty fair assessment.
    Having used Google card board type devices I can for sure say quality vr will make the difference. If the picture isn’t syncd or there is screen tear you are going to have a bad time.

  • Gamez Rule

    As everyone keeps stating time and time again, being more powerful in the hardware department doesn’t mean it’s going to sell as good as a less powered product. We all know this much from past gaming history.

    The price isn’t the only thing that can stop a product from being successful but many other factors beyound the price ticket. PS4-PS-VR allows in-home family gaming fun that cost less than just the PC to run O-Rift, and that’s been voiced all over the place. Gamers also know that the PS4-PS-VR had support with over 100 games ( with more inbound ) with loads of developer support for the Sony products.

    Now looking at the O-Rift although it will give you a better overall picture etc, that doesn’t mean it’s going to give people a better overall experience. ( Wii outsold all last gen consoles due to the family fun factor and overall experience and not due to price or power )

    It’s not all about the power or the costs that sells a product, it’s about many things like game fun factor, game support, gamers experience, interaction with other gamers, etc. Look at *Rebellion’s remake of Atari classic Battlezone* that game looks like it’s gonna be fun, and doesn’t need to have high-tech-graphics for that experience or interaction.

    Virtual reality needn’t be a solitary experience, and Sony have that one sorted with PS-VR and PS4 gamers, one person using PS-VR with three-four other gamers using PS4 controllers to interact with the PS-VR users game, this again allows for a fun factor game experience. PS-VR also has an HDMI connection, allowing VR Playroom to take advantage of a second TV feed for other players which allows even more fun for gamers.

    But for many gamers VR of all types and makes are a no no. They believe it’s another fail in the making. But until we have them all released with the facts no-one knows if VR will be the next gen gaming standard or just a part of it in general or a fail / success.

    • So many comments to the press trying to justify the Oculus price and quality just wreaks of desperation. Hes focused on trying to down play the PSVR when he even admitted they are in somewhat separate markets being on different consoles. He should be more worried about HTC vive which is for PC and even partnered with Steam.

    • Gamez Rule

      Good points made. PC gamers, the real decision to be made is between the Rift and the Vive


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