Oculus Rift Launch Will Bring Increased VR Sports Content
Oculus founded in 2012, became the name in virtual reality when it was bought by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion. But on March 28th, the Oculus Rift was finally shipped out to the people who had pre-ordered. The Rift is a next-level VR gaming system that currently comes with a bunch of games and an XBOX One controller as well. For Oculus Rift to operate it needs a Windows PC that’s compatible.
The package is being sold at $599, not including the PC necessary to run the system thus expensive for the casual consumer. The Samsung Gear VR only works with a Samsung phone, but it’s a lot cheaper than the Rift, as it’s just $99.
The Oculus Rift has other competitors like Sony’s PlayStation VR at $399 and HTC Vive selling at a higher price at $799.
The future of virtual reality is becoming exciting and a competitive market is good for sports fans. Oculus is working with STRIVR to help athletes grow their skill set and experience. For non professional teams, they could use the Oculus Rift to help them.
There was a rumor earlier this year that Oculus could be showing NBA and NHL games so that fans could enjoy them from the comfort of their homes. In September, there was a demo by the Jets when the fans were allowed to watch a game on EverBank field. Such demos may become an everyday occurrence if broadcast corporations such as Sky Sports become interested in the virtual reality world.
Oculus Rift currently is mainly utilized for gaming, but for those hoping to make a heavy impact on the world of sports, the Rift could be the first step towards making that a reality for consumers.