The Oculus Rift had its official ‘launch’ this week, if you can call it that. For all those that pre-ordered it or even backed it via Kickstarter originally, they won’t be receiving the virtual reality unit for a few months yet. You will notice there is a lack of products in the shops and a lack of impressions of the device from the average citizen. Some major sites have acquired a headset for review and so far they seem very complimentary despite the high asking price.
However, as always there are some lucky people out that have managed to get their hands on the Oculus Rift and are looking to off-load them via auction sites such as eBay for an extortionate price. The highest price recorded so far is a whopping $3499.99, almost $3000 above the minimum $600 price required should you go down the ‘normal’ route of purchase (which in itself is still out of most consumers’ price range). This is on top of the high-end gaming PC required should you not already own one.
The pictured version is the Kickstarter Edition CV1 that will ship immediately. Other versions of the Oculus Rift are also available around the $1800 mark, which is still 300% more than the normal price. There’s not much that the Facebook-owned company can do about this neither, and they aren’t the first and won’t be the last organisation to have their products sold at over-the-top rates during or prior to release.
If the Oculus Rift is out of your price range then no need to fret too much as they have confirmed that developers will be allowed to sell Oculus games on other platforms if that helps at all. If you are solely a PC gamer then you may have more choice in the future as to which virtual reality system to opt for as Sony are considering a PC version of PS VR.
Thanks to cramgaming for pointing this out for us.