Oculus Rift Price Finally Confirmed

$600.

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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.

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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.

According to a recent report from SuperData, the VR industry will generate $5.1 billion in 2016.

What do you make of Oculus Rift's $600 price point? Let us know in the comments below!

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Let me know when the price drops to something realistic and then MAYBE I'll think about it, but probably not. Until then, not interested at all.

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What garbage

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I think the question is.. is it worth it?.
1) it is going to be a first gen device, so it will have issues
2) games, what does it offer
3) what other options besides gaming will it have

600$ does not scare me away, But I am not going to pre-order it like some consumer drone.

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Well that sucks. Oh well...I'll wait. And waiting isn't too bad considering its new tech and has limited game support right now.

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what? Only $600 for a piece of state of art gaming device? I will buy 8, one for me, one for my wife, one for my dad, one for my mom, one for my bedroom, one for my bathroom, one for my dog and one for my cat,

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@blackeagle84: Right. And in a few months when the price is cut in half, those of us with more sense than money will chuckle at your expense.

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@ranbla: No it will only go up in price, the first release was a demo tease to test the market. After their initial success, they will sell it at a regular price of $1800 each, so you will be the laughing stock by that time.

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@blackeagle84: You keep telling yourself that. Rationalizing can, sometimes, be healthy - quite often it's just sad. Of course if you are getting paychecks directly from MS then once they read your comments, I have a feeling that the next check will come with a little pink slip saying, "Sorry, but your services are no longer needed. Good luck in your future endeavors and maybe consider used car salesman. Sincerely, Microsoft"

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They're joking right? I wasn't planning on early adopting VR period but this is hilarious how expensive it is. I have a feeling that the 5.1 billion estimate is overly optimistic about how many people want to early adopt this technology. I could be wrong but it still seems way to expensive especially if you don't have a capable PC already.

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they lied about price. they them selves said between $200-$400.there is even a gamespot article on it if you google it.ill never buy ill wait for valve vr.

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@hvd2222: You'll be waiting a while because the rumor is that the Vive will be priced higher than the Rift because of all the hardware that is associated with it. Now if Steam allows people to just get the Vive headset and the motion camera.....it will probably be near or around the price of the Rift.

At any rate we'll know within a month and some change how much HTC will charge for it.

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@brievolz84: doesnt matter because rift lied about its price i will buy another.

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@hvd2222: Nope, Oculus didn't lie about the price. Palmer Luckey said "the price will be NORTH of $350". It's not Oculus's fault that you anticipated a "reasonable" price point or assumed that because the DV2 was $350 that the CV1 would be around the same value.

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@brievolz84: lol he said same ball park not just north...lol they lied.there is even a gamespot article on it you can google.if you try to fight it ill just google it for you and post it in the next post they said $200-$400 or in the bal park.

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@hvd2222: Please don't take things out of context. Here is the full quote:

"I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. We’re roughly in that ballpark… but it’s going to cost more than that. And the reason for that is that we’ve added a lot of technology to this thing beyond what existed in the DK1 and DK2 days [the first two"

"I was frustrated by how many people thought that was the price of the headset itself," Luckey told Reddit. "My answer was ill-prepared, and mentally, I was contrasting $349 with $1,500, not our internal estimate that hovered close to $599 — that is why I said it was in roughly the same ballpark."

To me he says it right there that it may be within $350 but it's going to cost more and that last part is what you should have focused on and not the "ballpark" part. Seems to me you are mostly to blame for your expectations but believe whatever you want to believe.

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Well I'm buying two of them. So excited!!!

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@warrior1718: Great. You're the type Oculus is banking on... literally.

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**** Oculus

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yuck this is starting to look like the virtual boy by nintendo.

if this is the ''future'' of gaming, i will stop and i will return to play with my ps2, n64 and super famicom consoles.

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This is the "we expect this to be niche so lets milk it" price point...

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@ArabrockermanX: I wonder if those "dev kits" are relevant at all anymore.

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I'm VR-curious, but I'll be patiently waiting to see how things go before diving in.

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itll be interesting to see how many buy this even at the steep price tag.

Always the same, look at flat screen tv's when they first arrived, Oled now!!

Its new tech and your gonna pay for development until they can manufacture on mass scale.

If you want it now, pay the price for it, if not wait until it falls, keep an eye on whether its a mind blowing must have or worth the wait, sadly someone has to be the guinea pig.

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I don't know what everyone is sad about...when this comes out and the consumer doesn't buy it like in 6 to 12 months...
They gonna slash the price by 1/3 for sure. Look what happened to the samsung S6..

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Too much for me. I'll pass

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What the hell. That's a lot of money to game. I saw this price gouging coming with The Facebook acquisition of Oculus Rift last year. I'll pass.

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So the official price in Australia (the AUD equivalent of US$600 is $850) will be $1100.

$1100...

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1 billion dollars

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@Mr_Mark_Legion hah. yea, bend over:

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YEA? No thanks I'm old school, I'll use that ca$h for this year new GPU from Nvidia or Radeon.

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My finger is tingling to buy this kit. I have an Extreme i7 Procesor with a GTX 980 Ti, I think my hardware is more than suitable.

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@Jpsika08: (sounds of masturbating)

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I am fine paying 600$ for a quality gaming monitor. But I am not fine having to spend as much or even more on a GPU to render for it. The problem I am seeing with this tech right now is not the price of the headset itself, but the price of the hardware needed to run it. If I was Facebook, I would work out a subsidy deal with Nvidia and AMD to knock off the price of some GPUs or these "VR-ready" PCs.

Time will tell if the upcoming Pascal arcitecture with it's insane amount of VRAM will cost low enough and perform well enough for these headsets, but currently available GPUs that can run modern games on this thing cost as much, if not more, than the headset itself. And I would VERY highly surprised to be honest if this GTX970 recommendation would run you something like Witcher 3 at 90fps on anything above low.

Adoption rate will be slow, I have a feeling. I was going to buy this thing, but I can not afford to buy the headset AND upgrade from my GTX770 at the same time. I imagine a lot of people will feel the same way.

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@megakoresh: Right now I am saving like a kid with a piggy bank just to buy a 980 Ti.....my HD 5870 isn't cutting it anymore. No way I'm forking out an additional $600+ for a VR headset that has limited game support.

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@cjtopspin: Please don't. Pascal cards are almost here and they are using a new memory transistor layering - 3D one. In short - you'll be getting about 3 times the VRAM for a lesser price than this 980Ti. Wait and buy a Pascal instead, don't waste your money on a high-end card just as it's generation closes.

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@megakoresh: ....I listened to you. I am so friggin glad I did.

Thank you bud.

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@megakoresh: maybe a competitor will arise to do just what your saying.

It usually happens.

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I'll take 2 please.

( I'm totally kidding, I thought $350 -$400 was ...well, I have other things I want to acquire first with that kind of money, including a winning Lottery ticket

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You all don't seem to realize is that this costs about the same as a 24-27" 1440p gaming monitor. How much did you all expect it would cost when factoring that it's two independent small screens with a high refresh rate and optical lenses? It's completely asinine to think that this would cost less than $500.

Also Vive will be a lot more expensive because you will get the wands, light room camera system and the HMD that has a camera for external view.

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@brievolz84: Not sure where you're buying your monitors, but I have dual 27" and I paid nowhere near $600.

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@ranbla: My monitor is a BenQ 27" 1080p display with 144hz refresh and is nvidia 3d ready. I purchased it for roughly $500.

Do your two monitors have 144hz refresh and are they 3d ready? If so, where did you get them so I can get a couple :D. Now, imagine shrinking those two displays down to a form factor that is roughly the size of a Note 3. Also, don't forget that those monitors you have don't cost ~$600 to make; at most one of these monitors would cost ~$150.

Palmer Luckey has said that Oculus isn't making any profit. They have a partnership with Microsoft so the Xbone controller is negligible which leaves the motion camera (not nearly as negligible as the controller but it shouldn't cost a lot to manufacture) the remote (pretty darn negligible) and the Rift itself which has two displays that are 1080X1200 that add to a maximum resolution of 2160X1200 with custom optics.

If you want to know my opinion, the Rift probably cost them $450 to make; the motion camera and the remote together probably cost $65. The rest is either for overhead or goes to whatever deal they struck up with Facebook and/or Microsoft.

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if it was $300 dollar I might get one, but as of now, my pc is nothing compared today's computers.

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@nintendians: I'm in the same boat bro.

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Apparently that's £411 which needless to say is pricey. I shall be waiting until the price comes down before i commit, rivals when released will begin a price war.

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@dladz: I agree just look at the price of the current consoles. I stupidly bought my Xbox One as a Day One edition. Now 2.5 years later and they're almost half the price and with collectors editions. I'm never early adopting these kinds of things ever again. I'll buy the PS4 one when it's like $150 bucks. I'm kinda kidding but two years from now it'll likely be 40% less in price or it won't sell and eventually it'll be the modern Virtual Boy.

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@King_Wii: I was so interested in this when i saw it for the first time but now the recommended specifications are an i5 4690 and an r9 290 ? So basically what they're saying is, spent 500 quid on this kit then go out and spend another 800 quid on a new CPU and GPU, and probably another PSU as the old one you've got will be useless.

Luckily i have a pair of R9 290s and an i5 4670K so i think i'll be fine.

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The price comes in right about the amount of a 4K PC monitor.

So it makes sense for PC gamers who have already invested heavily on their rigs.

If you are however a budget conscious gamer wait for V2 or competitors to release their versions and the market will eventually adjust itself.

For me though I am okay with this launch price. I honestly expected it to be a bit higher considering how much the dev kits cost.

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