Tuesday in CE: The HP Omen X is an Expensive, Bulky, Awesome VR System
The whole idea of simplifying the virtual reality experience in order to ease consumers into adopting the technology is really falling on some deaf ears in the tech space. The latest example is the HP Omen X, a $2,999 piece of hardware that packs an incredible punch both to the senses as well as the wallet. That’s a good and a bad thing for VR fanatics.
Let’s start with the bad: HP’s product is super pricey and super complex. In our coverage of the VR industry, one of the biggest complaints from consumers is that it’s expensive to get into the VR market. Following closely behind that complaint is the complexity of big VR systems. Oculus, HP, and other companies are doing better in that they’ve found ways to detach the user from all sorts of cables and computer systems to create a “wireless” virtual reality system, but they’re still complex. You still need hardware capable of running the software, and all of this leads back to the high cost of entry.
When you have products like PlayStation VR that run you a couple of hundred bucks and still perform about as well as a system like the Omen X, it’s going to be a hard sell for consumers.