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Oculus Rift Gets Price, Available for Pre-Order

/ Jan 6th, 2016 No Comments

Oculus Rift

Oculus’ virtual reality platform, the Oculus Rift, will cost users $599 and has an expected shipping date of March 28, 2016.

Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift are now available through the Oculus store. While the $599 package doesn’t include shipping and taxes, it will include the headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, necessary cables, an Xbox One controller, and EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale as included games.
 

Oculus Rift

Here’s what to expect when you buy the Oculus Rift.

Oculus Rift pre-orders aren’t expected to sell out according to the Rift’s founder. Those who pledged enough during the Kickstarter campaign as development kit backers will be getting a free Rift. Those who participate in the first wave of pre-orders are also locked in a spot to get the Rift’s Touch controllers.

This price doesn’t account for the cost of a PC powerful enough for the games. Oculus mentions Rift-ready PC bundles including a capable set up and the Rift will be available for pre-order in February starting at $1,499.

Quick Take

One of the Rift’s biggest unknowns was price. Even if the company is selling the hardware at a loss to sway potential customers, $599 is a major investment for a technology most have yet to get their hands on. The path is now cleared for Sony to counter this announcement with a cheaper price tag for their virtual reality headset. Backed by an established name and a massive PS4 install base, Sony could disrupt the market Oculus has been fostering all these years.
 

Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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