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    A report from MIT Technology Review:

    Despite Mark Zuckerberg's early enthusiasm for virtual reality, the technology has stubbornly remained a hard sell for Facebook. Now, in yet another sign that VR is failing to capture the imagination of the public, the company has just cut the price of its Oculus Rift hardware for the second time this year.

    For the next six weeks, the Oculus Rift headset and its matching controllers will cost just $399. That's $400 less than when it first hit the market, and $200 less than when its price was first slashed in March.

    It means that the Rift now costs less than the package offered by its cheapest rival, Sony, whose PlayStation VR currently totals $460 including headset and controllers.

    Even so, it's not clear that it will be enough to lure people into buying a Rift.

    Jason Rubin, vice president for content at Oculus, tells Reuters that the reduction isn't a sign of weak product sales, but rather a decision to give the headset more mass market appeal now that more games are available.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6...-in-the-water/

    https://www.oculus.com/rift/

    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/0...ch-controllers

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fa...-idUSKBN19V0JJ

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    I wonder if they ever looked at the wallets of the people that buy this stuff if they'd notice that the only people buying it are millionaires and billionaires? $400 isn't easy money to get, renting a Bender's closet sized port-o-potty out in the middle of a desert would probably still cost over $400 a month. Most people live paycheck to paycheck, get paid twice a month, and 1 of those paychecks alone likely can't cover all of rent, and then you've still got electricity/water/heating/internet/phones/food/medications to not die and whatever else. It's a no seller. It may be incredibly cheap compared to the parts and labor of making it, but not 99% of humanity cheap enough. I'd like to try VR, but I know the only way that's going to happen is if I win the lottery, and I don't bother with the lottery.
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    • #3
      I disagree, Bungholio. I think that the reason that the Oculus Rift isn't selling is because of how ridiculous a person looks when he or she puts that headset on.
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      • #4
        They do look funny wearing it too, but odds are people are in their homes with it having fun. I'd have no problem looking goofy wearing it at home even though there's no enough space in a single one of these tiny rooms for it. I'd probably feel a little goofy if I was in some E3 booth with a crowd watching me. I'm kind of surprised they haven't gotten this thing working quite like those goggles from the Screamers movie with Peter Weller where the young kid almost got killed by a machine while wearing his VR goggles. I kind of wonder how much that thing weighs on a person's head.
        July 7, 2019

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