VR gaming isn’t mainstream yet. However, Oculus Rift might be the product to change this as demo stations will be in retail stores when it comes out.
RoadtoVR had a chance to interview Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey, on how the company will try and sell the Oculus Rift device to the casual consumer.
Luckey, confirmed that the Oculus Rift will be in stores and that they will set up “demos in retail” so that people can try out the thing.
Luckey said setting up demo stations in retail stores is another way for them to advertise the Oculus Rift to the masses. So far, they’ve shown the device in trading and game shows mainly.
Oculus Rift doesn’t have a release date yet, but the company plans to have it out by Q1 2016. Many prototypes have been made for the device, but the actual consumer version will finally be available to the public next year.
VR gaming has to do a lot to make casual consumers care for it. A lot of companies are predicting VR to be the future of gaming and technology.
Another barrier VR gaming has to face is the price. Nobody knows how much an Oculus Rift will be yet. If it’s too expensive, the masses are unlikely to buy it.