Oculus Rift Price Finally Confirmed
Today's the day. Oculus VR on Wednesday opened preorders for the Oculus Rift consumer model, which means we've also learned the device's price point, which had long been a mystery.
The Oculus Rift base preorder package, which comes with an Xbox One controller, Oculus Remote, a sensor, and free copies of Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale (as well as all the cables you need to get started), will cost $600. The headset starts shipping on March 28. There is a limit of 1 per customer.
As announced previously, you don't have to pay upfront to preorder an Oculus Rift. Only when the device ships later this year will you be charged. Preordering not only gets you a free copy of Eve: Valkyrie, but also puts you at the front of the line to buy Oculus Touch controllers when they arrive.
Oculus VR has not announced a price point for the Touch controllers.
Oculus Rift also requires a capable gaming PC (see the specs here). Oculus VR is working with big-name companies like Dell, Alienware, and Asus on "Oculus-Ready" computers that are specifically designed to work right out of the box with the Oculus Rift VR headset. These systems start at $950.
In a blog post, Oculus said some of the "Oculus Ready" PCs will open for preoder in February, starting at $1500 in a bundle that also includes the Oculus Rift headset. If your preorder a headset today, you can still buy an Oculus-Ready PC at that price and your Oculus Rift ship date will not change.
Nvidia is also trying to make it easier to buy a VR-ready PC with its own special program. Oculus has also launched a new program that you can install to see if your computer can run Oculus Rift.
2016 is poised to be a big year for VR. Consumer versions of Sony's PlayStation VR and HTC Vive are also scheduled to launch this year. However, price points for those devices have not been announced.
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