Couple of days ago when Oculus announced that pre-orders for the Rift will be live online, excitement levels were raised. No additional features of the hardware nor its pricing was revealed, though. As expected and promised the company is now accepting pre-release orders for its revolutionary VR gadget with immediate effect in 20 countries. With information regarding the hardware also placed, will keep potential consumers excited until its eventuall shipping date.
If you order Oculus Rift today, then you will be able to also get an Oculus Ready PC at the special bundle price. Although the company sought to create an affordable consumer VR hedaset that would be available under the $300 or $350 price point of the Rift DK1 and Development Kit 2, which is the latest one for the Rift by Oculus with low-persistence OLED display and low-latency positional head tracking.
Individuals interested in obtaining the first publicly available version of the Oculus Rift will however need to spend $599. The whole will not only secure the actual Rift hardware itself, nevertheless, also includes a sensor, Remote, all assisiated Oculus cabling, and an Xbox One controller. Device of such are no good without any content to go with it. For that you also find a copy of EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale inside the box. Pre-order that are taken right away via official Rift shop website will be expecing to ship sometime in “April 2016”, a time when the VR contraption would also be made available in a select other retail stores in some countries.
The Oculus Rift base preorder package comes with all those oft-mentioned, but. The headset starts shipping on March 28, and that too, there’s a limit of 1 per consumer. It also puts you at the front of the line to buy Oculus Touch controllers when they actually arrive. You don’t have to really pay upfront to preordering Oculus Rift. Charged only when the device ships later this year.
Requirements? Oculus Rift of course need a capable gaming PC. Oculus VR is also working with big-name companies like Dell, Asus, and Alienware on “Oculus-Ready” computers that are specifically designed to take full supprt out of the box with the Oculus Rift VR headset. Systems can be bought within the range starting at $950. Oculus Ready PCs will open pre-order in February, which the company said in a blog post, will cost you $1500 in a bundle that also includes the Oculus Rift headset.
Offer from, to you! If you happen to pre-order Rift today, you can still buy an Oculus-Ready PC at that price and your VR headset ship date will not change.
Are you one of those many who backed the crowdsourced campaign with a donation large enough to grab an Oculus Rift development kit then you’re in luck. As the company issuesing a free-of-charge Oculus Rift headset and all associated goodies to those people who who trust in the project before it made it into the mainstream through a high-profile Facebook acquisition. Oculs is now calling it the ‘Kickstarter Edition’ and becomes the first units to ship out a bit early. In March.
The initial launch of Rift with availability of the Oculus Touch controllers will follow up later this year. There’s no official date on when this will go live, or a price assiciated with it either for that concept, but Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey has stipulated on record that anyone pre-ordering a Rift gets an instant for come foremost served option on the Oculus Touch controller when it launched later in 2016. Rift pre-ordering won’t actually require any immidiate payment, allowing that order to be canceled right up until shipping, without any financial penalty. Shipping will cost an extra $30. Do note that!
You will have to get this before you hands-on with VR headset. Oculus issued the following requirements (minimum) for being compatible with the official Rift, and an Oculus compatibility tool is also available on the website for download.
- NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- An Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB RAM or above
- HDMI 1.3 output compatible machine
- Three USB 3.0 ports + one USB 2.0 port
- Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 or above
NVIDIA, on the other hand also trying to make it easier to buy VR-ready PC with its own special program. Oculus has aforementioned, launched a new program that you can install to see if your computer can run Oculus Rift hardware.
Upcoming in 2016, poised to be a big year for VR. Consumer versions of Sony’s PlayStation VR, followed by HTC Vive are also scheduled to launch this dam year. If you are excited about preordering the Rift right now, before. You can see if your country is in the list of official supported regions below.
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
Admit that these are simply part of Oculus’ initial roll out and don’t be dismayed if you do not see your country in the list.
What do you make of Oculus Rift’s $600 price range?