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    Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    High end VR headset is sold out worldwide (except Japan). Half-Life: Alyx releases in March.
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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    Wow, people clearly have more disposable income than I thought.

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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    Wow, people clearly have more disposable income than I thought.
    That's just what I was thinking. My PC's barely able to meet minimum VR requirements let alone do a good job... I could almost replace my whole machine with something medium to high end (Ryzen 3600 with 5600 GPU) for that sort of money.
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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    If only the VIVE Cosmos had better reviews..

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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    Wow, people clearly have more disposable income than I thought.
    And more than Valve thought too, from the looks of it...!
    However, we have just had Christmas and (IIRC) a Black Friday/Cyber Monday thing, so maybe that's a factor?

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    That's just what I was thinking. My PC's barely able to meet minimum VR requirements let alone do a good job...
    Mine will do alright, as I understand it, but remember that only my PSU and my w/c kit was brand new. Everything else inside my case was second hand, and at impressively low prices. The case itself was the payment for a job I did, as was the monitor, and my SSD was only funded as a result of someone failing to kill me with their car.
    Point is, people don't always get the srubbishrubbishrubbishrubbishiest top end kit brand new, or they scrimp in some areas so they can afford others. People also have other sources of income and funding that aren't necessarily 'disposable' in the official sense, from insurance claims to scratchcard wins, or just outright savings. I could just about buy one of these HMDs with what I have saved up over this past year, for example.
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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    I was strongly considering buying one of these in the future, but I'm going to cancel Half Life Alyx now too.

    Lost all faith in Valve. It's becoming more and more clear all those interviews
    With debs and behind closed doors information was all true.

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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    I will stick with my Oculus and original touch controllers at that price. Yes specs are better but not so much better to justify the cost.

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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    Quote Originally Posted by SkywalkerLuke View Post
    If only the VIVE Cosmos had better reviews..
    "If only the Vive Cosmos was better.."
    I fixed your statement (seriously though, the only thing holding the cosmos back is the tracking issues and i'm pretty sure that's all software based and could be fixed/improved given time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Mine will do alright, as I understand it, but remember that only my PSU and my w/c kit was brand new. Everything else inside my case was second hand, and at impressively low prices. The case itself was the payment for a job I did, as was the monitor, and my SSD was only funded as a result of someone failing to kill me with their car.
    Point is, people don't always get the srubbishrubbishrubbishrubbishiest top end kit brand new, or they scrimp in some areas so they can afford others. People also have other sources of income and funding that aren't necessarily 'disposable' in the official sense, from insurance claims to scratchcard wins, or just outright savings. I could just about buy one of these HMDs with what I have saved up over this past year, for example.
    Fair enough its probably more me having young kids means I never have any disposable cash no matter how much I earn as a software dev (and I am paid fairly well - Not quite Reading levels but ok for Southampton). One day maybe between supporting my kids through uni and buying their first house I might???
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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    I've got the cash, but that doesn't mean I'd go out and spend the best part of a grand on a peripheral, for one or two games.

    Given my understanding of these games, I'm still unconvinced that it couldn't be done with a head tracker and a couple of Wii controllers. I mean sure, I can see the lure of VR, but I can see the lure of a luxury yacht - doesn't mean either are a reasonable way to spend your cash.

    So simply, I won't buy Alyx - but I'm a little butt-hurt that they're using such a highly iconic game (HL) to drive sales. I do have concern that some people will be fooled by it and spend money they really shouldn't be - seems irresponsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    Fair enough its probably more me having young kids means I never have any disposable cash no matter how much I earn as a software dev (and I am paid fairly well - Not quite Reading levels but ok for Southampton). One day maybe between supporting my kids through uni and buying their first house I might???
    I also have a young child, but without benefit of being paid above the national average. Location is not a factor in salary, at least in the Civil Engineering/Utilities industry (leaving out the obvious London weighting).

    Don't get me wrong, this thing is VERY expensive and a serious load of cash for what it ultimately is... but those in our situations who really want something usually find ways, even if it's skipping meals, buying used kit or just setting aside a few quid each month for a couple of years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    I've got the cash, but that doesn't mean I'd go out and spend the best part of a grand on a peripheral, for one or two games.
    Depends on the game.
    I'd buy one, just for Elite... and maybe a few flight sims. I already dropped a couple hundred quid on a decent HOTAS.

    It could certainly be done cheaper, and possibly to the same (or a higher) standard... the problem is that the Valve and Oculus products need to sell well enough for there to be a viable market, to attract other investors and other projects to compete, as well as enough content to play on these things.
    Right now it's still very niche, in the grand scheme of things.
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    Re: Valve is "working hard" to replenish Index VR HMD stocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Percy1983 View Post
    I will stick with my Oculus and original touch controllers at that price. Yes specs are better but not so much better to justify the cost.
    I'm doing the same - although I have considered picking up a Rift S for the room scale tracking without sensors all over the place.

    I'd be nervous about dropping nearly a grand on an index without trying one on - the OG HTC Vive was incredible uncomfortable and had horrible controllers, and whilst it does look like Valve have learned from the rift and basically copied the controllers/design, its hard to tell without giving it a try IRL.

    Still, I suspect Alyx will work fine on my rift so i'll give it a try there first and then see if i really need to upgrade or not I think

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