The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are up for pre-order and the PlayStation VR is about to get a personalised launch event very soon, as confirmed by an official announcement. The highlight of the week is the fact that PlayStation executive vice-president Masayasu Ito himself admitted the superiority of the Oculus Rift over the PlayStation VR in terms of VR quality. That being said, he also mentioned that the headset from Facebook requires a powerful and expensive computer, while the upcoming PS VR is more affordable and perfectly compatible with the PS4. According to him, this will appeal to a larger section of gamers who cannot afford such high-end hardware.
Amazon also seems to be getting in line for a piece of the VR “pie” as evident through their latest job opening which invites a veteran developer to lead Amazon’s virtual reality team in creating VR experiences for Amazon’s Video service.
The Microsoft HoloLens is now up for pre-order at a price of $3,000 and although Bill Gates isn’t that active in Microsoft anymore, he has recently predicted that the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) would soon merge. In his own words, “Mixed systems which seems like VR but when you might hit something it shows you that seem better than pure VR. So I don’t think these two things will stay as separate as they are now.”
Huawei and LG threw in their hats in the VR mix earlier this week as well. LG has already launched its LG 360 VR mobile headset, but Huawei has only started to provide indications of similar intent. We will keep you posted more on this as more announcements are made in the coming months.