VR at E3: Who will win in the long run?
VR is back, and not in the way those of us who remember Nintendo’s retina scorching Virtual Boy remember.
HTC’s Vive and Oculus’s Rift have both proven popular solutions in the Gaming PC market, but both require PCs with serious processing power.
Now, the big guns in the console market have announced their plans to get VR into the homes of console owners.
Sony have decided to try and launch their VR package on the current gen Playstation 4.
PlayStation VR is going to be the cheapest premium VR experience out there. At £349 in the UK, it’s considerably cheaper than the £410 Oculus Rift or £547 HTC Vive.
Microsoft have decided not to launch VR on their current generation Xbox One, instead they announced “Project Scorpio.“
Microsoft’s logic behind this is they believe the PS4 and the Xbox One are simply not powerful enough to handle VR to an extent to be enjoyable for the end user. Instead, Project Scorpio will provide similar power to a modern gaming PC.
It’s rumoured that Microsoft will also utilise either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets, instead of developing their own headset. This may mean the overall price of Project Scorpio will likely be higher than Playstation VR, but will provide an experience more like PC VR.
It’s a tradition every year to proclaim a “winner” at the E3, but with both Sony and Microsoft announcing different strategies to try and claim the developing VR market, the winner may not be known for a few years to come.
Of course, if you can’t wait that long to get VR, just get yourself a decent gaming rig.