HTC ushering in the era of high-end virtual reality – Network World

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Consumers who really want to cross over into the uncanny valley won’t complain about the $200 Vive premium over the Oculus Rift that HTC announced yesterday at Mobile World Congress.

The uncanny valley is that shocking feeling that people get when they interact with virtual reality that is uncomfortably but not actually real. The crossing over sensation is often described using extremes such as wonder and revulsion. Those gamers, VR enthusiasts, developers and researchers compelled to experience this are ready to spend $2,000 to $3,000 for a headset and computer upgrade. Consumers who find this exciting but confusing and too expensive might start a bit more slowly with an inexpensive Google Cardboard.

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What many news reports missed is that it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. The Vive consumer edition priced at $799 includes the hand held tracking controllers and the Oculus Rift doesn’t. Oculus has announced hand tracking controllers for availability later this year, but they are not included in the $600 price.

HTC ushering in the era of high-end virtual reality – Network World