Oculus has opened the pre-order for the Rift, with a price-point of $599 and promises shipping to 20 countries starting March 28.
Oculus has officially opened up the flood-gates on pre-order for the Rift, though the price-point is somewhat steeper than originally expected, with a tag of approximately $599. The standard Rift bundle includes the headset with built-in headphones, microphone, sensor and an additional Xbox One controller.
The Oculus Touch, the controllers designed exclusively for VR has been delayed. The company has, however, promised that anyone who pre-orders the Rift will secure a place for Touch pre-orders later this year.
Rift also pre-packaged with EVE: Valkyrie through the Founder's Pack, which includes exclusive in-game content, the Valkyrie founder-status and additional content as well as Lucky's Tale, a VR platformer developed by Playful.
Oculus also promises a series of titles to be released for the Rift by the end of 2016, from AAA games exclusively designed to the Rift ( such as Edge of Nowhere , The Climb, Rockband VR and even a VR friendly Minecraft edition)
Oculus also released the following system requirements to get the "full Rift experience":
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;
OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer;
The announced price-point is a bit over the original $300 ball-park Palmer Luckey announced last year. Still, the hardware in its current configuration seems to be worth its money - after all, this is a premium device with some powerful hardware behind it, and requires a beast of a PC to properly run. Besides the price-tag, Oculus is also trying to set a standard price for VR - and depending on how well the competition responds, the Rift might or might not be a success. We shall see what the Vive offers, and what its asking price will be.