Appeal of VR vs New Consoles
As a gamer, I have been pondering the purchase of one of the new consoles: PS4 and XboxOne. However, the more I wait, the more I feel like I should probably wait a bit more for something really new, like the Oculus Rift. And the Virtuix Omni tends to give even more sense to the Rift.
With the Omni, your avatar walks in the game world as you walk on the Omni’s surface.
And with the Oculus Rift, you move your head to look around.
According to Robert Scoble, who had the chance to try it, the combination of both is really bluffing.
As a gamer, I am a hundred times more thrilled by the Rift alone than by any of the new consoles (though I am still considering buying at least one of those). With the Omni, the Rift seems even more attractive and feels even more like a breakthrough. Something that will renew gaming in general.
New Consoles are not mind-blowing anymore
When you think about it, the new consoles offer some impressive specs when compared to the previous generation. But that’s pretty much normal, given the eight-year gap between the introduction of the Xbox 360 and the new Xbox One.
Now, comparing those consoles to today’s PC hardware, the new consoles don’t really stand the comparison. When introducing the Xbox 360, Microsoft was losing money on each console sold, but the hardware was arguably good for its time. With the Xbox One, they are making a small margin already.
That is to say that someone who switched to PC from console maybe two years ago might not find themselves compelled to purchase the new consoles, given that their PC hardware is probably on par or better.
And an issue for the new consoles is that they might be too weak to support the Oculus Rift.