The Oculus Rift, an advanced 3D virtual reality headset that responds to movement, could be offered for free in the future.
In an interview with Edge Online, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Irbe revealed that, in the long term, "We’d love it to be free one day." In the short term, you'll have to pony up US$300 (RM955) for an SDK version – meaning that the Rift is in a good position to make even more money after raising US$16 million (RM51 million) on Kickstarter.
Irbe says that the Rift is more like a console than a peripheral and is willing to work with partners to subsidise the VR headset. “Let’s say there was some game you played in VR that everybody loved and everybody played and we made US$100 (RM318) a month – or even US$10 (RM32) a month – at some point the hardware’s cheap enough and we’re making enough that we could be giving away the headset.”, he said.
Admittedly, Oculus won't be doling out Rifts for free just yet – but if it proves to be a succcess, the price could plummet. So the only downside is trying to exercise enough will power not to buy one now.