- Oculus Rift virtual reality headset price cut
- Online casino players could benefit from cheaper VR tech
Facebook have announced they are cutting the price of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
The Rift VR headset bundle, which includes a set of Oculus hand-tracking touch controllers, will now set you back $399; a figure that matches the price of Sony Corp’s virtual reality product PlayStation VR.
The latest reduction means that the Rift is now being sold for just half the price Oculus were charging for the package five months ago, which could be good news for online casino players looking to embrace the VR casino world.
VR yet to take off
A series of recent price reductions across a range of VR products could be seen as the industry trying to take stock of the current appetite for VR products as they try to pin point why immersive VR games, includingcasino games, haven’t proved a hit with consumers.
There may be a simple answer for the lack of sales, the Oculus Rift originally came to market priced at $599, a considerable amount of money given the global economic uncertainty and consequential squeeze on wages.
What does all this mean for VR Casinos
We already have a handful of Virtual Reality online casino sites, offering players the chance to experience an immersive land-based casino experience without leaving there home.
But the high costs of VR kit could be one of the reason’s we haven’t seen too many online casino players bringing the bright lights of Las Vegas or the luxury of Monte Carlo to their living rooms via VR technology.
Casino-vr.com is one of the most popular VR casino sites, although still really in its infancy the site offers VR Poker to players others VR developments within the casino industry include NetEnt’s ‘Jack’s World’, a exploratory mission centred on the Jack and the Beanstalk slot game.
There are many possible reasons for the decision to cut the price of the Rift, some more likely than others, and we are really only scratching the surface here and explaining the price cut isn’t really our priority.
Instead we are more focused on what this could mean for online casino players, is the price reduction makes VR casino experiences more accessible than before and leads to growth within the VR casinoindustry, that can only be a good thing.