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Oculus Rift VR headset priced at US $599

by on06 January 2016

Pre-orders live, first units shipping in March

As promised, Oculus has opened up pre-orders for the first consumer virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, with a price set at US $599.

The biggest thing that was unknown before pre-orders opened earlier today was the price, and although Oculus earlier said that it will be priced at over US $300, price has gone significantly up as the Oculus Rift pre-order price is set US $599 in the US, €699 in Europe and £499 in the UK.

For US $599, you get Oculus Rift headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, an Xbox One wireless controller and two free games, Lucky's Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. Oculus Touch controllers are not included as those have been delayed to 2H 2016. Those that pre-order the Oculus Rift will be the first in line for the Oculus Touch when it launches.

Although the price might sound a bit steep, first batch has apparently sold out in a matter of minutes, pushing the initial ship date from March 28th to April.

Of course, bear in mind that you will still need decent PC in order to use the Oculus Rift, with minimum hardware specifications including an Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card, Intel's Core i5-4590 CPU, 8GB of RAM, three USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI 1.3 compatible output. Oculus is also offering a PC bundle which include some sort of gaming PC and Oculus Rift for US $1,499 and that one will go on pre-order in February.

Judging how quickly the first batch sold out, Oculus Rift is doing quite well despite its high price tag and the fact that it is the first available virtual reality headset.


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