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Virtual reality is expensive and now that the Vive Wireless Adapter is on sale and available for pre-orders as of today, that price tag is immediately visible once again. Even if you’ve been fortunate enough to get in on the ground floor in these first few years as an early adopter of consumer-grade headsets, you’ve got to admit that the cost of entry (unless you grab a lower end Gear VR or Daydream View with your existing phone) is objectively expensive.
If you’ve already got a multi-hundred dollar PS4, it’s still going to cost you almost as much as the system itself to get a PSVR with all of its necessary equipment. And if you’ve got a ~$1,000 gaming PC, you’re still gonna have to drop a few hundred dollars to get a Windows VR headset or Oculus Rift, or even almost the cost of the PC to get a high-end Vive Pro setup. That’s a lot of money.
So after you’ve sank hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars getting VR-ready and buying games, if you want to go wireless and unlock even more freedom of movement inside virtual spaces (if you’ve got the space of course) then you need to drop another $300 for the official Vive Wireless Adapter + an addition ~$60 for an extra add-on if you have the Vive Pro. If you got an original Vive on day one and have only bought games in the last 2 1/2 years, $300 may not seem like too much to go wireless, but when you add it all up that’s a hefty chunk of change overall. Plus, pre-orders are now open but press have not been sent review units yet. Hopefully we can give a full assessment prior to its release in a few weeks.
Obviously we know why it’s so expensive. Cutting-edge technology always is at first, and then newer, better things come out and drive the price of older hardware down. It’s the circle of life.
But the question at hand, even still, is this: Do you think the Vive Wireless Adapter is too expensive at $300? If so, what would be a better price? If not, why do you think it seems reasonable?
Let us know what you think down in the comments below!