It’s still a lot of money to spend on a PC peripheral, especially since you still need a high-end PC to run the games without churning your stomach in the process, but HTC should be concerned. Right now, the Vive sells for US$799. We think it’s the superior headset when it comes to the tech and experience, but that price difference can’t be ignored.
After all, the cheaper PlayStation VR – which we had some issues with, despite its promise – has shifted just shy of a million units in a few months. Oculus and HTC haven’t shared their sales numbers, but analysts suggest that the PlayStation VR is already the most popular of the bunch, as its lower price and console home likely make it much more accessible to the masses.
Oculus is in a bit of a pickle of late, too, with a court verdict awarding game publisher ZeniMax US$500 million over a tech dispute, and ZeniMax requesting that the headset no longer be sold; that request has not yet been granted or denied. The seemingly slow adoption of high-end VR might have execs ready to make bold moves to shift units. We’ll see if this one does the trick.