Virtual Reality: Real Deal? or Real Shit?

Michael (manapouriman)

01 Mar 2016

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VR, the future of gaming is here!?!

Here to stay? or will it flop like the many gimmicks of video games past? Sony’s Playstation Move, Nintendo's Virtual Boy, Microsoft's Xbox Kinect & Tony Hawk's Ride (thanks Robomodo ruining a great franchise by the way) to name a few.

Thankfully now, not many are around as much today and haven't had that much negative effect on the video gaming industry for developers to try reach new limits in this industry.

If you haven't heard the news or opened steam at all today (What's wrong with you), HTC has opened pre-orders for the HTC Vive VR headset that they've developed in partnership with steam and Valve. But New Zealanders wanting to pick one up can expect to pay around $1,400NZD, that's if you have a good PC already, otherwise be prepared to fork out some extra dosh.

The headset has a standard price of $799USD, but this price varies slightly from country to country; for New Zealand orders, it costs $825.22USD. Shipping is a further $120, bringing the total to $945.22USD, or $1,431.25NZD, to be exact.

This will get you the full Vive package: the headset, two wireless controllers, two base stations, the link box, earbuds and Vive accessories.

For a limited time, pre-orders also include three pieces of VR software: Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption, and Tilt Brush which are potato looking games like many VR games coming out so far, but offer a good platform for the upcomming VR generation we're all expecting.

Recommended PC Specs for Steam VR are :

  •  GPU: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
  •  CPU: Intel® i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
  •  RAM: 4 GB or more
  •  Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

To check if your computer is powerful enough for virtual reality, you can use Valve's SteamVR Performance Test app on the Steam app. 

Interesting enough tests I did on Steam's VR software show that my PC is more than ready for the vigorous aspects of VR, while the Oculus Rift detection software begs to differ, it recommends that I get a better CPU.

With Oculus Rift costing 900 dollarydoos also, Sony’s Project Morpheus will have to make a competitive VR headset and keep the price down to catch the casual gamer top dollar. 

Big investment to think about but it's the future of gaming after all, Isn't it?


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900 dollarydoos!

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