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VR Holiday News & Deals

VR Holiday News & Deals

Holiday deal hunters rejoice! There are exciting deals to be found on VR headsets and experiences this year. New headsets models are also currently available or on the very near horizon if you’re looking for something new and shiny! Let’s jump into some of our findings. 

Have you been eyeing the popular Meta Quest 2? Now may be the best time to buy after the price hike we saw a few months ago. WalmartAmazonBest Buy and other major retailers have a special headset bundle listed for $349.99, $50 cheaper than usual for the 128GB version. This bundle includes a copy of Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4 (an added $70 value). Retailers have a similar bundle featuring the 256GB version of the headset, Beat Saber, and Resident Evil 4 available for $429. 

If you’re looking to splurge rather than save, perhaps the new, high-end Meta Quest Pro is the perfect fit for you. Coming in at $1,499, this headset strives to have users trying out mixed reality as well as virtual reality. The controllers paired with this device also set it apart from the established Meta Quest 2. The Pro Controllers give haptic feedback to users’ hands and allows them to make finer control movements than lower-end controllers. Our team has yet to have any experience with this headset, but we would like to try it out to see how it compares to its predecessors. 

Looking for a new experience to check out as the winter comes in full force? The sleeper hit Among Us recently got brought into the world of VR just in time for winter break. It rings up at an affordable $10 on Steam. Steam is also currently running sales on many hit games, including popular VR titles. Check out the “Discounted” tab when visiting their VR titles section. HTC Vive’s Viveport platform is offering a Black Friday discount of up to 77% off subscriptions too. Viveport is a reoccurring subscription that grants subscribers access to a growing library of VR experiences and games; it’s quite similar to subscriptions like Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus. The VR-lover in your life would probably enjoy a new experience or subscription to use with the headset they already own this holiday season! 

Are you a PlayStation fan that’s looking to dive into virtual reality for the first time or upgrade your current VR setup? The PlayStation VR bundle that includes a digital copy of Marvel’s Iron Man VR game is available from multiple retailers for $199. While its release will be after the holiday season, registrations for preorders are currently open for PlayStation VR 2. Sony will be releasing the headset in late February 2023 for $550. Keep in mind that the PlayStation VR and PlayStation VR2 headsets both require a PlayStation to be used.

Another brand is going to be launching something brand-new very soon, and we’re intrigued. HTC Vive has been teasing mere sections of their newest headset for months on social media. It’s rumored to be a small headset, potentially with an emphasis on XR. While we don’t know any details like price point or specs yet, we are excitedly waiting for the reveal! 

We hope these highlights help you with your holiday gift shopping this year, even if it ends up being a gift for yourself. We don’t judge! Happy holiday hunting everyone!

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

Maddysen Boecker

Communications Coordinator

Maddy has a variety of creative experience under her belt from over the past few years and enjoys learning new things. She has been involved in video and podcast editing, copywriting, email campaigns, social media management, website design, and more. Her experience and understanding of many aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production helps her be an asset for the team at any stage.
B.S. Animation, minors in Film Production and Graphic Communication – MSUM May 2020
3 Months with company, 4 years professional experience
Primary Roles:
  • Ensures project success by maintaining client communications
  • Assists in internal management of project tasks
  • Highlights company news through email and social media campaigns
  • Composes unique and thoughtful copy for blogs and other needs

Kryss Geray

Post Production Specialist

Kryss has worked in several different industries, including as a test engineer at a local Fargo company.  As a test engineer, she helped with quality assurance to ensure all products met the highest standards, tested and documented all products, and collaborated on more effective and efficient ways of completing these tasks. She is proud to have worked on agricultural equipment such as acoustic material flow sensors and electronic motor and hydraulic controls, along with aviation equipment such as the Stratus ADS-B Receivers, and recoverable data modules.
Education
4 Months with company, 16 years professional experience
Primary Roles:
  • Oversees initial processing of all 360° media
  • Provides quality assurance for 360° photos and video content
  • Proofreads tour content meticulously

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

Drew Swenson

Media Production Manager

B.F.A. Musical Theater, minor in Media Production – UWSP May 2018
1 Year with company, __ years professional experience
Primary Roles: – 5 or less
  • Leads direction for all 360° media scouting trips and shoots
  • Supervises production team
  • Oversees creation of audio assets

Maddy

Creative Lead

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

B.A. 2d/3d Animation – MSUM May 2020
1.5 Years with company, 8 years professional experience
Primary Roles:
  • Dynamically animates in 2D and 3D
  • Meticulously designs UI and UX elements
  • Formulates graphics for print and web use
  • Champions XR research & development
  • Guides efforts of the creative team

Matt Chaussee

Creative Lead

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of Be More Colorful. He has extensive experience in technical services administration, higher education, teaching, and technology training initiatives. While Matt’s role is primarily focused on business development and outreach, he is a self-professed lifelong learner who feels he has found his life’s calling in being able to learn about, explore, and share the amazing diversity of careers available to students today.
B.S. Mathematics minor Music and Psychology – NDSU December 2005
Masters of Business Administration – NDSU May 2009
6 Years with company, 17 years professional experience
Primary Roles:
  • Spearheads business development
  • Nurtures sales efforts
  • Amplifies community outreach
  • Coordinates workflow development
  • Maintains HR and payroll functions

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

Drew Swenson

Creative Lead

Kryss

Creative Lead

Maddy

Creative Lead

Katie Chaussee

Majority Owner, Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer

Majority Owner, Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer
Katie is the Chief Administrative Officer and majority owner of Be More Colorful. She has a strong background in customer service and a keen eye for creating captivating visuals, both defining characteristics of the company. Katie was Be More Colorful’s first VR photographer and has served the company as an image processor, experience builder, and quality assurance specialist. In her current role, Katie is the key administrator for Be More Colorful’s in-office operations where she works to adapt and refine workflows for a talented team of creative professionals.
B.S. Psychology minor Art – NDSU May 2003
6 Years with company, 19 years related professional experience
Primary Roles:
  • Coordinates workflow development
  • Oversees various aspects of office management
  • Manages various purchasing decisions
  • Maintains HR and payroll functions
  • Formulates creative marketing ideas

Michael Bush

Creative Lead