Oculus founder says price isn't what's holding back VR adoption

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has spoken out on the long-term future of VR headsets, and what's holding back the technology his company helped to popularize.

Luckey cites "quality of experience" as the main reason users aren't sticking with VR, rather than price, using the term "stickiness" to describe the kind of continued long-term engagement still seen little outside of hardcore technology enthusiasts.

The post calls for "better hardware, broader content, and a deep understanding of how to best interface with a human perceptual system that varies significantly across age, gender, and race".

His comments come only weeks after co-founder Brendan Iribe departed from the company, amid reports that production of a higher-spec Oculus Rift 2 headset had been cancelled.

Virtual reality hardware has largely failed to attract as much interest from consumers as it has from investors - and while the likes of HTC, Oculus, Sony, Google, Lenovo, and Asus have been hard at work iterating on more consumer-friendly VR, the hype has yet to translate to the kind of mass-market adoption many had forecast.

The move towards untethered headsets, such as the Oculus Quest and Vive Wireless Adapter , will likely remove some of the barriers for VR adoption in the home.

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