Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift went live today, revealing not only its price, but also how and when it will be available. The virtual reality headset will have a higher price than most would probably be expecting, costing $599/£499/â‚¬699.
The package comes the headset, the Oculus Rift remote, sensor, cables, an Xbox One controller and an adapter so that players can use the Xbox One controller on Windows 10. In addition, it also comes with two games: Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale. Players can expect over 100 titles to be available by the end of the year, including 20 exclusive titles.
Here are the recommended specs to run Oculus Rift on your PC:
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- Memory: 8GB+ RAM
- Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- Operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
Although it could be seen as an expensive system, Oculus head Palmer Luckey considers that the Ocolus Rift is actually pretty cheap for what it offers. "To reiterate, we are not making money on Rift hardware," said Luckey. "High end VR is expensive, but Rift is obscenely cheap for what it is."
First shipments will be delivered in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.
The truth is that the price doesn't appear to be an issue for some players, as the device sold out in minutes after going on sale, with current pre-orders being pushed from the initial ship date in March to May.