What the First Customer Thinks of His Oculus Rift?
After a tiresome trek from a 2012 Kickstarter page, Oculus finally began to deliver their headsets this week. Going on a predominantly poor reaction and lots of chatting from the VR community, the $599 price tag landed over what Oculus had set as a prior expectation, but this did not put much of a dent in the headset’s revenue after all.
The initial buyer of the Oculus Rift has received the first customer version of the Oculus Rift, which started to ship just these past couple days, bares his heart out, in his very own review, after clinkering around with some of the virtual reality programs that can be found through the headset. It isn’t every day that you get to be the first to do something so this man definitely deserves to bask in the honor and uniqueness of being the first customer.
“I was really impressed with the sensation of feeling like I was in a different place and kept on trying to reach out and touch things,” Ross Martin, a software developer from Anchorage, Alaska, told ABC News. “I tried Oculus Dreamdeck, which places one in a variety of virtual environments like a submarine, meeting a T-Rex, and watching two anthropomorphic industrial robots interact.”
Following just four years and a prolific acquisition close to $2 billion by Facebook, the initial Oculus headsets are finally being sent out.
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey personally brought the first product to Martin, who had the honor of being the first buyer to pre-order Oculus back in January of this year.
“Palmer told me that, though I placed the first order, there were other orders placed at the exact same second, so it was really close,” Martin said.
The not so small price tag of $599 in addition to the requisite high performance computer required to operate such a beastly product, places the Oculus in a unique price range that makes it still inaccessible to the majority of people.
Martin said the cost was well worth it, to be one of the earliest customers to experience virtual reality through Oculus.
“I suppose it was the appeal of being transported to different worlds. Everyone wants to be able to fly or visit the moon, and there’s never been anything quite like this before,” he said.
Coming from the mouth of Mark Zuckerberg the head of facebook and now Oculus, “So we’ve said often that we think that virtual reality and augmented reality could be the next big computing platform. But just to put that in perspective and compare it to the development of previous computing platforms, like phones and computers, I think the first smartphones came out in 2003,” Zuckerberg said as a reply to a question given by a representative from USB. “And in the first year, I think BlackBerry and Palm Treo were the initial smartphones that came out. I think they each sold in the hundreds of thousands of units. So just to kind of give a sense of the time frame that we’re thinking about this and how we expect this to develop, that’s how we’re thinking about that.” I think this just goes to show that Mark Zuckerberg has his sights set on further developing this technology in advanced degrees.