So ... i got myself an Index.
It was 1079€ and in the end, this would have been the nono for me (paying a grand on a VR headset? no thank you!). However, thanks to regular, wasteful spendings in DotA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cosmetics, i was able to get the price down to 607€. Still expensive, but kinda okay.
I played with it now for roughly two weeks and ... it is awesome. Surprise surprise! I KNOW ... now to the part, that connects to the previous posting i made: What do my friends think about it?
VR is great!
I usually showed them two games: Pavlov VR and Beatsaber. Both, i am playing the most right now. The result was always the same:
- ultimate joy
- happy faces
My sister, being at the police, had way more fun in Pavlov VR (and pretty much hit as good as i did with the rifles but god damned ... pistols? Literally every shot a hit at the spot she wanted without even thinking for a moment) then i expected at first. A friend of mine played beatsaber for half an hour and got so exhausted that he had to sit down afterwards just to grasp some air again. Another friend wanted to play skyrim, just for us to find out that my modding efforts made the game unplayable (after 2 days i fixed it finally ... save file btw. still broken but at least it starts again). But in the end, all of them asked the same question: How much?
How much is the fish?
Telling all of them the price, made that happy laughter on their face go dark in a blink of an eye... and i only told them what the full kit i bought would cost, not what the beefy PC add to that price. I also mentioned briefly the Oculus All-In-One-Inside-Out Quest Headset, that sells for 450€ currently... still too much.
And, this is essentially why: VR is too expensive for what is has to offer. My usual VR sessions are ... what? Half an hour per day? And i dropped a fortune on a headset that most of the time will gather dust and nothing more. Obviously, i also get other usages out of that headset (i yet have to look into the development side of things) so ... i kinda could argue the pricetag. But normal CONSUMERS like they are? 450€ is a lot of money... Fucking hell, one of my friends got his first car for that price!
The average VR Joe now might say "What gives!?" but to you i want to give you these lil hints:
- Unless you play no MP games, you will need other players.
- Indie Titles, lets face it, are shit. They do provide fun ... but they lack a lot of polish most of the times.
- VR will not settle on one control scheme unless it is mandatory for game developers (small studio asks big company? Who cares?).
- Enthusiasts do not pay rent.
Long story short: VR is to expensive and needs to drop below 200€ in total for most of those i showed the headset to, to even consider it. SDE does not matters here btw. but the cable was a concern for most of them. Setup is also a concern, so inside out tracking for mass market appeal will it be.