Oculus triggered the new wave of virtual reality, but will it be the leader going forward?
Oculus has finally caught up with the pre-orders of the Rift and the virtual reality headset is shipping now in 2 to 4 business days. Oculus has not caught up yet to the competition. HTC has moved faster with the Vive. It was faster shipping and has two key feature advantages with VR controllers and room scaling.
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The Information (subscription) reports that Facebook planned to sell 400,000 Oculus Rift units by year end according to a former employee. That number sounds high now. If the Vive would not exist than the goal might be achievable, but HTC has moved massively into the space Oculus started to build.
Oculus is set to hit back at HTC at the Connect 3 developer conference on October 5. The Oculus developer conference will be the stage for the unveil of the Oculus VR controller Touch and their room scaling feature. The Oculus Touch VR comes with true hand presence, which beats what HTC offers now.
Oculus will release 30 titles supporting Touch this fall. Based on the speed of HTC coming to the VR market, I would not be surprised if the Taiwanese company will launch a HTC Vive 2 this Fall aimed at leaping Oculus.
In Fall, Sony joins the party and will give both HTC and Oculus a hard time. The cost of ownership of the PlayStation VR is much lower than for the Vive and Oculus. Sony's VR solution works with the PS4, which costs a third of a Windows 10 PC necessary to run the competing high-end VR solutions.
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There are several VR headsets in the works in China. These will maybe already push into the US market this holiday season. In the end, VR will be a mostly a content game. The hardware will be soon a commodity.