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# 142643 19-Mar-2014 15:29
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Anyone else watch/read the live blog?  Looks like a decent competitor to the Oculus Rift and as I'm a PS4 owner I'll definitley be keen to get my hands on one.

The public/media get to try it tomorrow at GDC so will be interesting to see their reactions.

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  # 1009094 19-Mar-2014 16:12
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The main problem with it is going to be its price. The 3d personal viewer which is somewhat similar costs 1.5k here

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  # 1009145 19-Mar-2014 17:13
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I don't think they'll price it like that. The heavy lifting is done by the PS4 so it shouldn't be too pricey.

The Oculus Rift Dev Kit is only $300 USD, I expect a similar price for the PS4 VR.


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  # 1009207 19-Mar-2014 18:04
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But what extra stuff is done really by the viewer though? The viewer is essentially just two 720p screens that show what has been plugged into it

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  # 1010552 21-Mar-2014 12:43
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I think both have a tricky road ahead, but especially the PS Morpheus.

You need an install base to make it worthwhile for developers to build/adapt games for VR. Yet the lack of VR content will probably hold some people back from buying it.  Imagine initially at least Sony will pay some devs handsomely to get quality VR content to market.

Another issue is that it apparently takes advantage of the Move controllers, which were strictly optional for PS3.  So a bundle to get VR + Move is probably going to add-up quickly.

The Wii (for it's myriad problems) at least had it's motion-controller bundled with every system.  6M-ish PS4s are already sold without either Move or VR.

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  # 1010580 21-Mar-2014 13:37
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Price point of Morpheus will be interesting but I think when people try VR for the first time then price will become less of an issue. 

Having previously owned a DK1 I'm pretty confident that VR is the future.  It might initially be pricey but the hardcore VR fans will buy it and others will get to try the VR experience without opening their wallet.

As prices come down and more people experience VR then the even the not-so-hardcore will jump on board.

I think technically the Rift will be superior but the target audiences will be different (PC vs Console).  I think Sony will do a very good job and I can't wait!

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  # 1010612 21-Mar-2014 14:25
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Yes the price-point will be key and extremely interesting.


MS sold a stack of Kinnects years after the 360 launched, so it can definitely be done. But they needed to keep the cost down and made an inferior product as a result offering it at a viable price.


Still seems like the finished Morpheus/OR are some distance from reaching a consumer version, so hopefully whatever they both bring to market will be mature and refined, rather than rushed out. Given they are not direct competitors as such they will hopefully both succeed!

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