HTC Vive Coming This April, Price Revealed.
The headset, which is being released by HTC and Valve, has been give a price tag of $800: that’s $200 more than Oculus Rift! While no UK pricing has been revealed, based on a similar price conversion we can reasonably assume that the Vive will come in at around £650! Pre-orders will be begin for the headset next week, on February 29th. It should be taken into consideration that the HTC Vive will ship with two wireless controllers, two “base stations,” a pair of Vive earbuds, and two free games: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. HTC’s virtual reality VP Dan O’Brien believes that “there is nothing else that can do what the Vive does.” At that price I really hope O’Brien is right. I know in the sector of technology $800 isn’t a huge sum of money — a decent TV/monitor would be a similar price — but it is priced at a point for tech enthusiasts only. Pricing like this does make me wonder where Sony will price their PlayStation VR headset: surely it can’t cost more than the PS4 itself!
Staying in the VR “space” and the first-person space survival title Adr1ft finally has a release date. Originally coming to Oculus Rift and PC, the independent title from Three One Zero will arrive on March 28th. Unfortunately, for console gamers, no release dates for Xbox One or PS4 were revealed. The game is being developed by former Microsoft exec Adam Orth, who is most famous for his #dealwithit tweet in the wake of the Xbox One “always on” reveal. Controversies aside, Adr1ft does look like a really interesting game, and one that is certain to feel right at home on VR.
Moving from VR to AR, Microsoft has recently been talking about their latest technology: HoloLens. Speaking at a TED conference in Vancouver (via Recode) HoloLens creator Alex Kipman has warned the public that Microsoft is taking their time with HoloLens, in order to avoid another Kinect situation.
“When I feel the world is ready, then we will allow normal people to buy it. It could be as soon as we say ‘yes,’ and it could be as long as a ‘very long time’… if a consumer bought it today, they would have 12 things to do with it and they would say ‘Cool, I bought a $3,000 product that I can do 12 things with and now it is collecting dust.’”
Kipman said that launching Kinect “was not a pleasant experience” and that the company will learn from its previous experiences. I am totally fine with us waiting a ‘long time’ for HoloLens. It is important for Microsoft to fully understand not only the potential of HoloLens, but also how it can be practically used by the consumer.
Staying with Microsoft for one more article, and Rod Fergusson — producer at The Coalition — has been talking about the upcoming Xbox One exclusive, Gears Of War 4. Fergusson has revealed that he believes Gears 4 will be the next benchmark for the new generation of gaming:
“Like how the original Gears of War was a visual showcase for the Xbox 360, Gears of War 4 will be a graphical showcase for the Xbox One.”
If what Fergusson has said is true — and I have no reason to doubt him based on the franchise’s track record — then we are sure in for a treat! It will be interesting to see if The Coalition is able to deliver a 1080p/60fps experience, something that many developers have failed to do on Microsoft’s console. As long as the game is fun though, I don’t really care how “pretty” it is.