Virtual Reality, or at least what passes for virtual reality, is now officially on the market. It has its hiccups, but so does anything else that’s in its first generation. In this case, we have the Oculus Rift(sans motion controllers) and the HTC Vive. The pricing on both is enough to make me wanna cry sometimes. Which, is actually odd for me because Amazon pays me well enough on a biweekly basis. I can afford the Rift in one paycheck and the Vive with two. And as of this moment, I have enough for either device.
Here’s the problem though: I have $312 on reserve for the Final Fantasy XV UCE, leaving me with around $760 which puts me below the price of the Vive plus shipping, but I also have $540 in tax refunds that I have yet to deposit, and another $450 coming in a little under two weeks. So you would think that it’d be a no-brainer. Get the Vive and still have plenty of money to pay for the beautiful UCE when it releases on September 30th(That’s gonna be hell to hold onto. Money burns a hole in my pocket as you can probably already tell.) and also have quite a bit of money left as a cushion between now and my next paycheck.
The reason I’m having trouble committing to either the Rift or the Vive is because #1 I have no idea when it will actually arrive. That’s one of the launch problems with these headsets. They’re starting to arrive, sure, but a lot of people have zero idea when it will arrive. For all I know I could get it a month from now. On top of that, there aren’t too many games that interest me for VR right now. Off the top of my head, EVE: Valkyrie, Elite: Dangerous, and Job Simulator are the games I’m interested in. That’s three games out of 30 or 60 launch titles, maybe more, I’m not sure. It’s hard to justify $800 for that alone. Its the same reason why I didn’t buy into next-gen systems right away. There wasn’t a whole lot for them that I was particularly interested in(I also didn’t have any money at the time.). Sure, new games will come out over the course of the rest of the year and beyond, and older games will get VR support patched in, either officially or unofficially, bumping that number up considerably most likely, but I still have that nagging feeling in the back of my head that I will regret that $800 purchase.
Let me explain why I’m favoring the Vive here. The Vive comes with everything right out of the gate. The headset, camera’s, and motion controllers. It’s all there. Rather than just sitting in a chair, you can get up and move around. It adds more depth the gameplay, more immersion, and immersion is what VR is all about. The Rift Touch controllers won’t be coming out until closer to the end of the year, but I imagine they’ll bring the Rift total up to $750 or $800. So might as well shell out for the Vive. Plus, I want to get the Werewolves Within party game when it releases later this year, which is currently only slated for the Vive. I have my reasons for favoring the Vive over the Rift, but the Rift, being $200 cheaper at the moment, is tempting. You pay $600 now for the headset and a little more later for the Touch controllers rather than all at once. Plus I feel like the Rift will get some higher quality titles for a while since it has more hype and developer backing.
I firmly believe in a bright future for VR, especially once it evolves to the point of true VR, which would be this little beauty right here:
Now, we’re probably at LEAST ten to fifteen years out from even a half-functioning prototype of something like this, and even fifteen years is a long shot, but the technology has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is the Rift and the Vive. It’s nowhere near perfect, but I want to jump on, gimmick or not, and experience this for myself. The question is when. For all I know, I could come to a decision before anyone even has a chance to reply to this and have it on order by the end of the day, but I still want to hear from people. If you’ve used a consumer Rift or Vive, how is it? Did you think it was worth the purchase? What games did you get for it? If you haven’t bought into VR yet, what’s your reason? Just not interested? Hard time saving up? Lack of games or current selling points? I’m genuinely curious.