Oculus Rift Available for Pre-Order Now, With $599 Pricetag

By   /   Jan 6, 2016
Oculus Rift shipments delay

Oculus Rift pre-orders are now open, and for those lucky enough to be able to afford it you’ll be able to enjoy the latest version of Virtual Reality. For some though, the price may make you think that 2016 is definitely not the year of VR.

Oculus have confirmed that you can now pre-order your Oculus Rift for the price of $599 USD. For those who remember the original pricing to be “more than $350” this is a big leap. The problem may be that it is a leap too far for many. If this is an issue of course, expect to be told that this is just the price for “early adopters” so wait until the price goes down.

The problem with waiting for the price to go down will be the fact that Virtual Reality is meant to be big business in 2016. If mainstream users are expected to wait until the prices drop, will this lead to a risk in 2016 not being the year of VR?

Whatever your thoughts on Virtual Reality and the Oculus Rift, there are other competitors out there including the PlayStation VR which will hopefully be released at a better price. For those who are looking to pre-order the Oculus make sure you have a PC that can handle it. “Oculus Ready” specs are set at:

  • 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
  • operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

So if your PC is not up to spec you’ll have some upgrading to do. If you are looking to buy an Oculus Ready PC and a Rift together, you’ll be able to pre-order those in February for $1499.

Are you looking forward to the Oculus Rift or has the price put you off? Let us know your thoughts below.

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