Alongside the $100 price cut of both Rift headset and Touch controllers, Oculus also permanently reduced the price of additional Sensors to $59. This is the first major price reduction for high-end PC VR hardware since launch.

Oculus have applied the first permanent price reduction for their PC VR hardware since the Rift launched in March 2016 – cutting $100 off both the headset and Touch motion controllers. This means a new Rift and Touch bundle is now $598, down from $798. The halving of the Touch price alone should tempt many Rift owners still on the fence about motion controllers to jump in, particularly with the added incentive of the recently-launched Robo Recall.

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consumer rift review (2)Lost in the excitement of this aggressive pricing strategy was the news that the Oculus Sensor has also dropped to $59, down from $79. This is good news for those who want to make use of a third sensor to create a roomscale VR play space. It also means that a viable roomscale setup is now available for $657, significantly undercutting the $799 HTC Vive, which has more hassle-free room-scale capabilities straight out of the box.

That said, despite Oculus making good progress, there are still some who seem to be fighting issues when equipped with 3 or more sensors, utilising the company’s “experimental” room-scale mode. Commenting on an Oculus subreddit in February, Nate Mitchell said that recent updates meant Oculus were seeing “improve tracking quality in aggregate” and that many problems were “too many sensors (4 or more sensors can suffer from USB challenges) and overall sensor positioning (sensors too far apart from each other and/or not enough overlap in field of view).” Oculus recently released version 1.12 of their Rift software, with still more improvements in this and other areas – so far feedback seems positive.

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  • wowgivemeabreak

    It’s still too much given the price of the touch controllers. Should be 39 or maybe 49.

    • Raphael

      Yes, even with price drop Octopus is still in the realm of niche peripheral. Will be a long time before VR hits the $150 price range though.

      • Get Schwifty!

        By that measure so is Vive…

        • Raphael

          Absolutely. And HTC apparently don’t intend to drop price.

          • Get Schwifty!

            I believe that is a fundamental market mistake… if they think they are going to market themselves as “the premium market leader” they will certainly lose market share. I expect we will see a price drop from them by the end of Q2 if, and only if, the numbers of Rift go up noticeably.

    • cartweet

      Touch controllers also come with an extra sensor so technically the controllers are around $40

      • Get Schwifty!

        And frankly are worth every penny IMNSHO…

  • wheeler

    Time for a price drop HTC. Cut into that profit. Competition is coming from not only Oculus but other lighthouse HMDs as well. But given how HTC responded, we might have to wait for the market to kick them in the head before we see any changes.

    • NooYawker

      They already announced they won’t be dropping their prices.

      • wheeler

        This is what I meant by “given how HTC responded”

        • NooYawker

          Ah.. reading comprehension eludes me.

          • wheeler

            no biggie

    • Christopher Moore

      I’m not even interested in the Vive anymore. Not because I own CV1 but because I rather wait for gen 2.

  • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

    Don’t support Oculus. Google Oculus Trump for more info.

    • Foreign Devil

      Old news.

      • Get Schwifty!

        If you live to post anti-Trump diatribes in a forum discussing the cut in cost of a VR sensor there is something emotionally wrong with someone. It really is kind of fascinating and sad at the same time…. thank heaven’s for the ignore feature…

    • Batman

      I’m Batman.

    • Christopher Moore

      My supervisor and close friend supported Trump. I guess I’ll stop being friends and quit my job. /s

      • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

        Did they befriend Milo Yiannopoulos and then finance an alt-right group too?

        • cdm283813

          I donated to Clinton’s campaign so I don’t see it far fetched that a blue collar republican wouldn’t do the same for Trump. $10 here and $50 there adds up when you have thousands of supporters.
          You don’t have to be rich to support the person you want to be president.

  • Guygasm

    Support Oculus. Google Oculus Trump for more info.

    • ScudBowler

      thanks for info now my choice is clear…go Oculus!

    • VR Geek
      • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

        “Palmer Luckey, who came into a personal fortune worth $700 million (£535 million) when his VR headset firm was bought out by Facebook, has admitted to backing an unofficial pro-Trump political non-profit called Nimble America that is powering the tsunami of white supremacist and other racist image macros that have plagued Reddit.”

        Explains why Palmer is still in hiding.

        • VR Geek

          Facebook and pro Trump are reasons enough to avoid Oculus. They are the establishment and while I appreciate they helped kickstart VR they totally sold out and I cannot support them anymore. Have not since FB buyout.

          • Taun

            Facebook / Oculus didn’t back Trump. An employee of said company took a small part of his money to attack Hillary Clinton. If you don’t like the business practices of the company, THEN it makes sense to avoid said company’s products. But to blame a whole company for what one employee does with his personal money is unreasonable.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, financed an alt-right pro-Trump group. He still works at Oculus.

            “As Motherboard reported on Friday, Luckey’s Twitter activity has been sympathetic to the alt-right and the bigotry that defines it” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/palmer-luckey-is-lying-to-somebody

          • Taun

            AND??? So what. He works for THEM. They don’t work for him. What have we come to as a society that we punish companies for what their employees do on their own time.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Yeah, the founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, works for Oculus. That’s exactly right. The founder financed an alt-right pro-Trump group and he still works at the company he founded. And is now being kept away from the press, Twitter and Facebook. Why is that Taun? Why do you think Facebook are keeping him in the background now when he was the face of Oculus? Maybe Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg aren’t happy about Palmer financing an alt-right group? Could hurt sales maybe?

            But you’re ok with it right?

          • Taun

            I’m on the opposite side of the spectrum from Lucky, I’m progressive. But I believe in his right to free speech. And just to be accurate, the group he funded was anti-Hillary, not Pro-Trump. There is a difference. Do I think it’s right that people feel it’s their duty to bully a company into punishing it’s employees for personal beliefs & speech? Hell NO, I think THAT’S wrong.

            Palmer shouldn’t have to hide from the public, but people like you think we must berate others into sharing our more liberal beliefs. I believe in logic & arguement. I believe in civil discussion. How can civil discussion occur when people feel they must hide their thought & feelings, else they incur the wrath of the intolerant liberal. Who instead of teaching to ignorance, feel the right action is to shame & belittle those with ‘wrong’ beliefs.

            And it doesn’t matter he founded the company because he doesn’t own & run it. It isn’t HIS, not anymore. Boycotting Oculus now is punishing all the other employees there, not Lucky. He already got his when he sold the company.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            The group Palmer funded, Nimble America, was an alt-right pro-Trump group:

            “I am a Nimble Rich Man. I support Donald J Trump…” http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/173/569/92f.jpg

            Nimble America – Milo Yiannopoulos’ Statement http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1173561-nimble-america

            Google Nimble America for more info.

          • Andrew Jakobs

            And what’s wrong with that? there are way more groups that supported Hillary, and she was a crap candidate.. so all those people were stupid and wrong too?

          • DougP

            Re: “she was a crap candidate”
            omg – please, talk about a “false equivalence”.

            Someone called me a bad name & someone else raped my grandmother – yeah, they’re both just equally bad.
            Seriously?!

          • Andrew Jakobs

            Yes I’m serious yes. Have you actually looked into Hillary Clinton? She really wasn’t any better than Trump.. They both should not have won, except the moron did win.. And yes Trump is a dumbass, but apparently a lot of people thought he was a suitable president, otherwise he would not have won… It’s not like both camps have played it fair..

          • DougP

            Re: “Have you actually looked into Hillary Clinton?”
            I’m confident – WAY MORE than you!
            I’ve tracked, in great detail, the Clintons since before Bill became president – back in the “reading newspapers” days.
            I’m certain I know more about Clintons than you do.

            That said… it’s insane, absolutely f’ing asinine to make an equivalence argument.
            If you think that those two are “the same” / “no different” – you’re part of the problem.

            Re: “otherwise he would not have won”
            Well, to be fair – he would not have won if it weren’t for Russian influence in US elections, as well if popular vote determined outcome ( Hillary’s 3M+ more votes ). USA elections are so messed-up – between corrupt gerrymandering to suppression of voter turn-out, your system’s f’ckd up.

            Re: “It’s not like both camps have played it fair..”
            Nothing to do with what I said – the topic is whether or not they are functionally “the same” / “just as bad”.

          • Andrew Jakobs

            If you think Bill and Hillary are the same, then you are also completely wrong.. And the fact you’re saying to followed them even before Clinton became president, suggests you’re a Clinton fanboy, so ofcourse you think Hillary and Trump aren’t the same.. The both lied, they are both insane.

          • DougP

            Re: “Bill and Hillary are the same”
            Wtf?! Seriously W.T.F. ! How could you *leap* to that when I said nothing that could lead to that.
            Seriously – having you stopped taking your meds? Coz there’s no excuse for someone thinking clearly to come to that conclusion from what I wrote.

            Re: “suggests you’re a Clinton fanboy”
            Again – seriously, for the sake of those around you, do not stop taking the pills. If you do, do it gradually under a doctor’s care whilst they get you on the new meds.
            I’m literally chuckling to myself reading this asinine comment.
            Wow – do you like to *project* your deepest thoughts/fears & madeup fantasies onto people.
            I’m finding it hard to type because I’m laughing over your insane ranting.
            Gads… hard to compose myself enough to *respond* to something that is so ridiculous to consider responding to.
            I suspect you’d have a difficult time finding someone who is LESS of a “fanboy” of the Clintons than I am. Specifically because I HAVE followed the Clintons since the early days & know of their behaviour – their *actual* behaviour, not your med-withdrawl alt-right right-wing whacko fantasies …but…you know *facts* ( not your “alternate facts”…or what intelligent people rightly label as “lies” ) about both Clintons.
            You are really a piece of work with your asinine accusations of “fanboy” – being exactly 180-degrees off & exactly zero evidence from anything I said supporting it = made up in the back of your med-withdrawl-mind.

            Re: “The both lied, they are both insane”
            Yeah…. so now we can be to something resembling sanity that can be debated (your rant, which I responded to here, above, cannot be debated as it’s pure fantasy).
            So we’re back to your “false equivalencing” – I find it hard to imagine anyone in their right mind thinks that Trump & Clinton are “the same”. Perhaps you’ve follow into the trap the USA’s media has set, giving everything “equal time” & not calling out when one side is complete BS. You sound like the type who’d argue – “yeah… the opinion that the earth is flat or round seems about ‘the same’, let’s give them equal coverage… they both have up & down sides & equal merit. Doesn’t matter if a person believes one or the other.”

          • Andrew Jakobs

            So you really think someone isn’t entitled to their own opinions (and mistakes)? When he donated some money to that group he only thought they made funny meme’s.. oh dear… You’re even more intolerant than people like Trump are, cause you think other people should think like you do, and otherwise they are bad bad people.. If Hillary was that good, than she would have won, but there were a lot of people that disagreed, and thought she wasn’t a good choice.. So the lefties should have gotten a better candidate, and that shouldn’t have been such a problem as Trump certainly wasn’t a good candidate, and the f-er still won…

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            “As Motherboard reported on Friday, Luckey’s Twitter activity has been sympathetic to the alt-right and the bigotry that defines it” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/palmer-luckey-is-lying-to-somebody

          • Andrew Jakobs

            oh my god………. who the F cares… he has the right to his opinions, just like you do, and his opinions are his own, not Oculus. As long as they don’t go actually burning crosses, or hurting other people, they have the right to say whatever they want. If he want’s to be Pro-Trump, he’s entitled to that, if you where Pro-Hillary, you’re entitled to that, you both are just as dumb to believe either of them.. it’s not like ‘alt-left’ is any better than ‘alt-right’, both are crap.

          • Get Schwifty!

            Lol you think HTC and Valve aren’t “establishment”?

          • VR Geek

            HTC sure is while Valve is to a lesser degree. I just dislike Facebook and their corporate vibe. You can feel it all over Oculus and it is IMO, why Oculus has stumbled and are struggling to get up. Mark is just throwing more and more money at it. I have much respect for John Carmack and Michael Abraham. Wonder how happy they are with the establishment they found themselves in.

          • Get Schwifty!

            “You can feel it all over Oculus”… really? I’m in support of an opinion, but this current trend of rejection and guilt by association is just getting out of hand… the “feeling” you have is the very limited emotional state you have assigned to them based on very little news and frankly really knowing next to nothing in reality about the company or the people who work there. You have no idea what money is moving around by Zuckerberg or anyone else, you’re just making assumptions behind the scenes… no one outside of a few people really cares about their political associations, they just care about the product in the end. The only reason you don’t “Feel it” about Valve and HTC is you just don’t know all the dirty shit I am sure they have been involved in over time… wouldn’t surprise me to find out either of them have evaded taxes, etc. at some point.

          • Andrew Jakobs

            And what’s wrong with supporting Trump? oh you’re one of those people that thinks other people are stupid because they don’t agree with you and make other choices than you? It’s not like Hillary was a better choice. I’m not saying Trump is good, I’m not saying Trump is bad, but you’re saying someone is bad because he/she is supporting someone you don’t want supported… talk about being a f-ing hypocrite..
            And sold out? oh god, you don’t like FB so you think someone sold out.. I bet nobody ever offered 2 billion dollar (and more) to buy you out… And let’s not forget, if FB didn’t buy Oculus, the DK2 with only some minor improvements would have been the CV1..

        • DougP

          Re: Facebook & Trump

          Don’t forget about Facebook’s Peter Thiel’s enthusiast & massive ($1M+) support of Trump.

    • DougP

      Re: Facebook/Oculus – Trump

      Yeah, pretty much google “Trump Palmer Luckey” or “Trump Peter Thiel” and you’ll find that millions of Facebook/Oculus dollars went to Trump / alt-right.
      At least Thiel wasn’t a coward, hiding behind “Nimblerichman” & lying about it.

      People frequently “vote with dollars”.
      So yeah… $ spent on Oculus goes to Trump/alt-right…so if that’s your thing.

    • CaptainAwesomer

      It broke my heart the day Pepe became a white supremacist cartoon frog,and on that day I SWORE I would never support anything Pepe supported.

  • Lisa Keaton

    Noticed Oculus gave me a $50 store credit. Something about since they lowered the price. I bought my Rift and Touch 3 weeks ago.

  • Foreign Devil

    I’ll probably bite and buy a 3rd sensor. . i want true room scale. . . . .

    • Get Schwifty!

      It definitely helps no doubt, I can’t myself recommend four unless you have a strong system. I have four and no luck but my current system is underrated for VR… be real curious with my upgrade shipping in less than two weeks…

      • Foreign Devil

        Try mounting your 3 sensors all up high pointing downward. .. can use $5 security camera mounts. I’ve heard that usually gives the best tracking results with 3 sensors. I just ordered my 3rd sensor. . unfortunately only available at Oculus online store. .which means I have to get it shipped from USA and deal with import duties.

  • Justos

    1.12 is actually a pretty big deal. I would say 95% of issues are solved and they are improving edge case configs now. I havent had any tracking glitches since this patch.

    • VR Geek

      That is great news!!! Maybe it is time for me to dust off my Rift again

    • Get Schwifty!

      Yeah as I write I am about to spin mine up and see… the only concerns is my current laptop is not technically VR capable despite use of an external GPU… just ordered a new gaming laptop that is VR capable and on order, so I am reserving full judgement until I have the other laptop later this month. I’ll update this comment in a couple hours with my own impressions of 1.12….

      Update: Strange… when I first started with the update things were noticeably better with just a hint of hitching at the point where one sensor picks up from another… after about 30 minutes of play I was getting hitching turning around 360′ at about every 45′ or so, and a reboot wouldn’t fix it. The fact it degraded over time makes me wonder if there is something with the USB chip getting hot…

  • Christopher Moore

    Makes more sense to spend the extra $40 to get the controllers as well. Seeing how I banged one into a wall the other day it will make a good backup.

    • George Vieira IV

      Good thinking, should have thought of that before I ordered my other sensor. It does list an extension cable with the separate sensor, so that’s something I guess…

    • Get Schwifty!

      I realize people have different means, but anyone who wants VR is a fool not to find $40 to buy a third sensor….

  • mbze430

    I ordered a sensor the Friday before GDC starts. I asked if they would give me the difference, and they wouldn’t/couldn’t so they ending up sending me a label to return the sensor for full refund. Even though it probably save them money if they gave me the difference.

  • MW

    It is still overpriced. 300usd and MAYBE we will talk:-)

    • Get Schwifty!

      LOL…. you guys do like your bleeding edge tech sold at discount values… I think you will be waiting for bottom drawer experience at the price for at least three more years…

      • polysix

        Yeah but it IS stil over-priced for what you get, ‘bleeding edge or not’. They make it for $200 and had a massive mark up on it and LIED about ‘selling it at cost’ Nate from Oculus is on record as saying they could have priced it lower but wanted it to appear ‘aspirational’ like Apple, idiots (that backfired with VIVE outselling it 2:1 because of the lies and facebook baggage).

        I WILL pay $800, I DID pay that for my Vive (now sold for a nice profit because it wasn’t quite there) I also had PSVR and DK2 all sold, awaiting gen 2. IF the tech is there (foveated, wireless and 4k) and it actually feels good on the head (more like PSVR) then it’ll be worth $800, not before.

        • PrymeFactor

          ‘They make it for $200’

          Were you born yesterday? $200 in materials doesn’t mean it cost $200 to make.

  • polysix

    And it’s still overpriced.