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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


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Kitty Revolver

What is the price point for the gear versus Oculus?

Adeon Writer

> What is the price point for the gear versus Oculus?

GearVR is $99.99 USD.
Oculus Rift is $599.99.

The large differences in price are due to the fact that GearVR is simply plastic and optics. It uses a smartphone for a screen and CPU.

Adeon Writer

(However, GearVR does not support positional tracking which is very important for a good VR experience, rotation tracking only can easily make people sick.)

Adeon Writer

One of the most important problems that need to be solved before mainstream VR can happen is we need inside-out positional tracking; that is, positional trackign without an external tracker.

Once we solve that, every smartphone will be capable of quality VR, and headsets become afordable overnight.


I've had the chance to actually test Gear VR just yesterday, and honestly, it felt underwhelming. That device seems mostly built for 360degree panorama video, which is, due to its nature, not stereoscopic and having to carry about a pound of gear on your nose, just to be able to look around in some video didn't make it an any more immersive experience to me.
I'm looking forward to testing Oculus or Vive, eventually, and I really hope a real, stereoscopic 3D environment will significantly enhance the experience. Else, I cannot see this ever going mainstream or becoming the next level of media...

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