Making one standard model of the Rift is best for developers, according to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.
Having left a lot of hopefuls disappointed a with the $600 price reveal, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has been trying to explain to everyone why the price is the way it is, and why we’re probably not getting any other version for some time.
In the same massive RedditAMA, he confirmed that a cheaper, stripped down version isn’t happening, at least not for this generation.
“Very unlikely for the first generation of Rift,” he told one user. “A standardized system is in the best interest in developers trying to reach the widest audience, and we cannot significantly reduce the cost without dramatically reducing quality.”
Luckey also said to expect more news about compatibility for DK1 and DK2 in the “coming months”, though he did say Oculus “wants to make sure developers with DK1 and DK2 can continue developing for Rift.” This particular part is important because some believed purchasing one of the older dev kits could be a cheaper entry point.
The Rift starts shipping in March, though your mileage may vary.