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    Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Open source headset is priced at $399/£399 and will ship from 12th August.
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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    That is NOT how currency conversion works, once again Brits get totally ripped off.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaoss View Post
    That is NOT how currency conversion works, once again Brits get totally ripped off.
    In my country it's €499 <_<

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Looks good. Still not sure about buying a DK, although the resolution seems to be at commercial standard?

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Given the current exchange rate, and the fact tax needs to be added for UK and EU markets after conversion it seems there's a ~9.3% markup on the UK price (approx. £35) and ~15.5% markup on the Euro price (approx. 68 Euro). Seems a little unreasonable to me?

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaoss View Post
    That is NOT how currency conversion works, once again Brits get totally ripped off.
    if you had said `That is NOT how currency conversion *should* work` i would have agreed wholeheartedly with you.

    unfortunately for us though, it is the way that it *does* work.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Same number of pounds as dollars = no sale.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    The fact it's open source and cheaper than the vive or even the rift makes me very interested, we've been ripped off long enough in the UK/EU with sales taxes to know to expect it these days.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaoss View Post
    That is NOT how currency conversion works, once again Brits get totally ripped off.
    Actually, it kind of is now. Once you add our 20% VAT to the pre-tax price in dollars it works out at around £365 at mid-market rates, and around £380 at consumer rates (remembering that when you, as a consumer, convert currency you always get charged some degree of commission). Factor in the potentially higher costs of transporting goods to and around the UK and the old 1:1 $:£ conversions don't actually screw us over much anymore...

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    I would love to order one of these but I'm concerned about the motion sickness problems and just generally how well they work. I don't want to spend £400 on a bit of kit I have no idea if it'll be worth it.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Quote Originally Posted by gordon861 View Post
    I would love to order one of these but I'm concerned about the motion sickness problems and just generally how well they work. I don't want to spend £400 on a bit of kit I have no idea if it'll be worth it.
    I would suggest nipping to PC World or similar and trying one of these things out. PCW has the Vive, but they all work the same.

    For me, it depends on the game itself.
    Some FPSes and platform games are weird and sickening if they haven't allowed for VR.
    In Elite Dangerous, it is flippin' STUNNING!!!

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Quote Originally Posted by gordon861 View Post
    I would love to order one of these but I'm concerned about the motion sickness problems and just generally how well they work. I don't want to spend £400 on a bit of kit I have no idea if it'll be worth it.
    Find a demo location & try VR. I believe Game has a couple, and Scan in Bolton, both with Vive setups.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    I'm more interested in the sims rather than the FPS right now, I think it'll need to wait a while for FPS to really take advantage of VR or even be setup to use it correctly.

    For me the Oculus and HTC are outside my price range right now, and I really cannot justify the expense for them. However this OSVR2, at £400, I could/would do.

    What would be perfect is if they would almost do some sort of try/buy deal.

    So they hire out a unit for £100 for 3-4 weeks, they could use returned or display units for this, but with the hire you would also get a voucher for £100 off the unit within 30 days of returning the demo kit. I think a scheme like this would encourage a lot more take up from people, and you would only be risking the £100 rather than £400-800.

    It's a bit like when I bought my first big bike from new, you can read all the reviews you like, you can sit on it in the showroom and imagine what it's like. But nothing is going to beat the salesman throwing you the keys to a demo machine and saying "It has a full tank, see you in three hours", the bike will sell itself you just need to get the customer on it.

    I expect VR to be the same, but done at your own pace with your software, rather than your 15 minute slot with a headset that some other user has just spent their 15 minutes sweating into.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Quote Originally Posted by Strawb77 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chaoss View Post
    That is NOT how currency conversion works, once again Brits get totally ripped off.
    if you had said `That is NOT how currency conversion *should* work` i would have agreed wholeheartedly with you.

    unfortunately for us though, it is the way that it *does* work.
    US prices never include tax until the point of sale. However UK pricing laws mandate that tax should be shown as a part of the advertising price. So, in actual fact....the difference isn't much.

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    Re: Razer OSVR HDK2 headset open for pre-orders

    Not too shabby, nice to see some competition in this arena.

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