Facebook's VR outfit Oculus has to be careful to not lose its community.
Oculus triggered with a crowdsourcing campaign the new virtual reality wave. Virtual Reality seems to be really here to stay as Hollywood and video game makers are full engaging into the technology.
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Facebook owned Oculus has though angered a lot of its supporters. First the delays. The Rift has just started to ship recently. Customers who ordered on day one are started to get delivery now.
Second mishap are the delayed controllers. The Oculus Rift ships with a wireless Xbox controller. The HTC Vive comes with two VR controllers and room tracking. The Oculus can only be mainly used sitting down.
The third even bigger mistake just happened with the DRM disaster. Why on earth would Oculus in these early days of VR try to lock out Vive users from Oculus content? Developers and early adopters are angry about the move and Oculus earns more hate.
All these issues are perfectly expressed by as expressed by a new video of raging gamer Francis aka Boogie. The video is far from safe for work, but he nails all the issues with Oculus perfectly. And yes. He owns now a HTC Vive.
Oculus is risking to lose its community to HTC. Below is a new video from an expressed HTC Vive fan running the Youtube channel ParaPlaysVR dedicated to the Vive who just tried the Oculus Rift. He is blown away by the image quality and immersive quality the Oculus Rift offers. He sticks though to the Vive because of the controllers. He would though like to own both, as the Rift has made some games so much better than the Vive.
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Oculus and HTC actually should work together as the will get pushed to the side lines soon by Sony. The Sony PlayStation VR will overnight dominate the consumer virtual reality market. Microsoft is supposedly doing something with a new Xbox and Oculus in 2017. Sony will have a head start. Consoles are are cheaper and easier than the Windows 10 rigs you need to run the Oculus or Vive. The cost and simplicity are in favor for Sony and they are set to leverage these advantages in full, maybe even with a new more powerful Sony PS4 4K Neo this fall.