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VR is still too expensive

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PlayStation VR2 is more expensive than the most expensive PS5. I can see why, but it still costs too much money.

We are on the brink of a new era of virtual reality. Meta just launched its high-end Quest Pro, Sony is set to release his PSVR2 in February, and Apple is widely rumored to be entering the game soon with his own VR/AR headset. I’m here. I’m finally ready to buy a VR headset, and I feel like this is the generation I should be a part of.

Want a PSVR2?Yes, but it costs so many.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic/The Verge

The PSVR2’s $549.99 price is already high, but Start-up The PS5 is priced at $399.99, with a minimum cost of $950 to use PSVR2. The Quest Pro, a standalone VR headset, costs $1,499.99. Also, don’t expect Apple headsets to be cheap. If anything, it’s likely to be even more expensive. Bloomberg’s Reported by Mark Garman That it can cost over $2,000.

To be fair, these headsets are packed with advanced technology.The PSVR2 is a big upgrade from the first PSVR, with an OLED screen, four built-in cameras that track your movements, and what the original PSVR did. It features a vastly improved controller and other features compared to the PS3-ea Move wand it relied on. The Quest Pro is far more sophisticated than the Quest 2, with an inward-facing camera for tracking facial movements and the ability to watch full-color pass-through video. Apple headsets are rumored to let you pay with your eyes.

VR needs more mainstream pricing to go mainstream

But if VR is to go mainstream (Silicon Valley is investing billions to make it happen), companies will need to combine all this flashy tech with a price that ordinary people pay. . The Quest 2’s original $299 price felt much more reasonable. It’s a standalone VR headset that can be used for games, fitness apps, and more, and some are already using the $299 Nintendo Switch.

It is also a hit work that has sold nearly 15 million copies as of June. According to IDCThis is especially impressive considering Sony said it sold 25 million PS5s. So the relatively new category of products isn’t far behind the most coveted consoles on the planet. It’s a drug that’s easier to swallow than the big bucks you have to invest for it.

Photos of the Meta Quest Pro VR Headset

Is Meta Quest Pro worth more than 3X the Quest 2?
Photo by Alex Heath / The Verge

It’s worth noting that Meta positions the Quest Pro primarily as a work-focused device, rather than for the average consumer.For most people, the Quest 2 is the Meta headset to buy (at least Quest 3 will be released next year). But if the Quest 2 is good enough for many, why should tech companies push for very high-tech, high-cost VR devices? I understand the need to push the boundaries to keep costs down, but is the Quest Pro worth more than three times the Quest 2?

But for those who want to try out high-end headsets, these companies are asking people to put a lot of money into the largely still fledgling platform. It has continued to adopt a ‘build it and it will happen’ approach, and instead of creating its own killer app, it has acquired quite a few notable VR studios along the way. (Even the team that created Horizon Worlds doesn’t really use it.) It’s an obvious way to make weird hardware, but it’s used by Nintendo, and by good hardware. Unlike Apple, which is famous for combining hardware with great software. We’ll have to see if the iPhone maker succeeds in pitching his VR headset.

That’s probably why we’re most optimistic about PSVR2, despite its higher cost. With the original his PSVR, Sony did its best to make a great game that made sense. I think PSVR2 will do the same. Colleague Victoria His song impressed Sony’s signature PSVR2 title. Horizon Call of the Mountain, it was built exclusively for Sony hardware. Sony’s commitment to making videogame-focused videogames for VR devices probably means the game is going to be good.

A person is holding left and right PSVR2 Sense controllers in their hands.

I want to try the whole bow and arrow schtick Horizon Call of the Mountain.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic/The Verge

Unfortunately, PSVR2 isn’t compatible with many games on the original PSVR, so we’ll have to build the PSVR2 library from scratch, and expect developers to continue making games for hardware. By purchasing, you are making a big bet on the future of the platform.

For weeks now, after seeing the PlayStation Edge controller’s eye-popping cost, I’ve mentally prepared myself for the worst, but I’m still amazed at how much I’ll have to pay for a PSVR2. Based on our hands-on impressions, it seems like it’s worth the price, so it’s likely we’ll do our best to get pre-orders on November 15th. At least I already have the PS5. I own it.

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