Oculus Rift Gets Price, Available for Pre-Order
Ben Sheene / Jan 6th, 2016 No Comments
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 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.
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.
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