Facebook’s virtual reality gear saw it’s first price reduction in March when the set was reduced from around $800 to $600. A second price reduction starts Monday, July 10th. Now, when consumers purchase both the remote and the headset they will only be out $400.
The sale on the Oculus Rift will only last for a limited time and is an excellent deal for high-end virtual reality computing considering a year ago you could expect to pay around $1500 for a similar VR bundle.
For six weeks consumers will be able to take advantage of this bundled offer.
Why the Price Drop?
There is quite a bit of speculation for the price-drop of the Oculus Rift. Multiple sources believe that the price drop could be a result of the slow-moving product. One source speculates the significant reduction from one year to the next could also be a result of a price drop in the parts used to manufacture these VR sets.
Regardless, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said they would, “become a part of daily life for billions of people,” and it doesn’t appear that we are anywhere near that supposed reality.
With only an estimated 240,000 Oculus Rift units sold through February, it looks like it will be a long time before Zuckerberg sees his prediction come to fruition.
Considering regular consumer-grade VR sets have not been on the market long enough to go through thorough and extended testing to posit that they don’t pose a threat to the user’s health in any way, it might be difficult to convince everyone that they are totally safe for daily use. It might be a while before we really see the Oculus Rift measure up to consumer standards.