Modern technology gives us many things.

Virtual reality devices will provide amazing experiences – but they won’t be cheap


Virtual Reality is going to be popular in 2016 and so will the headsets that will provide the experience but as we have seen from HTC and Microsoft who announced their pricing – they won’t be cheap.

HTC’s Vive virtual reality system has been in development for some time and has a display built into the device for high definition viewing.

It can provide room-scale gameplay with precise motion tracking and gesture controls.

It also has a front-facing camera so you can see the real world when you need to as well as open up other games and apps.

Pricing for the HTC Vive was announced this week at $US899 which places it well over $1000 for Australian customers.

The HTC Vive VR headset
The HTC Vive VR headset

Over at Microsoft, the Hololens takes the whole experience to another level.

The device provides not only a virtual reality experience but a self-contained holographic computing experience.

The Hololens is a high definition unit that’s also a fully pledged Windows 10 computer so it can be used like no other device.

Microsoft's Hololens
Microsoft’s Hololens

The fully wearable system will change the way users create, communicate and collaborate. It is the next frontier for computing.

Microsoft has released a development edition of Hololens aimed at people and companies interested in creating content and applications for the technology.

It costs $US3000 and customers have to apply to purchase the device and also meet a number of prerequisites like being a US or Canada-based developer and part of the Windows Insider program.

Like the HTC device, the Hololens is new technology that always attracts a high price when they are first released.

In time, pricing will come down but for the privilege of being among the first group of users to experience VR – it will come at a significant cost.