Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has been throwing shade in the direction of the Google Cardboard virtual-reality initiative.

“The Rift is actually good,” he tweeted in response to a question about how the Oculus Rift headset will compare. “Kind of like how fancy wine competes with muddy water”.

He later followed up: “VR will become something everyone wants before it becomes something everyone can afford.”

Facebook-owned Oculus may want to avoid too much public smack-talk though: the company has challenges ahead for its own products.

As 2015 ended, Oculus was announcing that the ‘Touch’ hand-worn controller for its VR headset will now not go on sale until the second half of 2016, months after the headset.

“We’re implementing many changes that make Touch even more comfortable, reliable, and natural,” it explained – the sceptical reaction would be to suspect Touch isn’t comfortable, reliable or natural enough in its present iteration.

But chipset maker Nvidia delivered a separate warning  on the likely impact of Oculus Rift in 2016: only 13m PCs will be powerful enough to run VR this year, the company told Bloomberg.

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