>Sometimes, it pays to be an early adopter. Oculus just revealed that it's handing out free Kickstarter Editions of the finished Rift headset to everyone who pledged enough money to get the development kit during the original crowdfunding drive. Yes, you heard that right -- you won't have to pre-order the completed virtual reality goggles if you were eager to get a prototype in 2012. The hardware ships with the copies of Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale that regular customers get, too.
>The giveaway is a kindness, but it's likely also strategic. After all, the thousands of people who paid for development kits are almost certainly fans of VR three years later. A free headset is a small price to pay for Oculus when at least some of these people are going to extol the Rift's virtues and get others in on the action. Still, it's hard to knock the gesture too much. It's not often that an ambitious crowdfunding project not only meets its goals, but does so well that it can afford to shower its most faithful supporters with extra rewards.
that money was for the dev kit, they are literally receiving a $600 consumer kit for free now, and it's billed as "kickstarter edition", depending on how much cosmetic changes there are you might be able to sell it for thousands or more down the line
>look at how cool we are! we are giving some free stuff to our already loyal old customers that already bought our stuff long ago! You DON'T want to miss out on the action
>we may even throw out some freebies your way if you buy RIGHT NOW!!
VR is one of the few things that an average consumer needs to see & use first before they can justify spending $500+.
Getting more units out into the public will be a short term cost but will assist in spreading the tech by word of mouth.
They are giving "free" shit to people who already bought the DK1.
It's simply a marketing move to pressure people who were on the fence to buy now so they don't miss out on other possible freebies.
they want to maintain their good guy image and fool more gullible redditfags into thinking they're al altruistic company
you'd be surprised and how many redditors have said Oculus isn't in it for the money and only wants VR to succeed
>Oculus just revealed that it's handing out free Kickstarter Editions of the finished Rift headset to everyone who pledged enough money to get the development kit during the original crowdfunding drive
It's the second sentence
But Oculus got support for Half Life 2 when it was released because Valve dumped a bunch of their tech into it, what makes you think it wouldn't be in Half Life 3 (if it will ever be released because of CS:GO/TF2 skin goldmines).
I feel that it's pretty incredible considering just a few years ago the plastic headsets didn't exist.
Yeah maybe but the degree of superiority between products would be relative and most likely similar to the smartphone market.