You can now pre-order Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset for $599, ships in March

By , Jan 6, 2016

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Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that Oculus, a virtual-reality company it bought in March of 2014 for $2 billion, will be launching its hotly anticipated Rift virtual-reality headset at the end of March 2016.

Priced at $599, the device is now available for pre-order and will initially ship to 20 countries starting March 28, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, Oculus said.

The Rift comes bundled with two games—Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie—with more than a hundred games coming later this year, including Rockband VR by Harmonix, Edge of Nowhere by Insomniac, The Climb by Crytek and Minecraft by Microsoft-owned Mojang.

The wonders of VR

In addition to the bundled games and the headset itself, which features a built-in mic and headphones, the box also includes a sensor, a Rift remote, cables and Xbox One controller.

“After years of development, our virtual reality experience, Oculus Rift, is now available for pre-order,” Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post. It will also be available in limited locations at select retailers starting in April.

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“When you put on Oculus, you’ll feel like you instantly teleported into adventures like deep-sea diving, piloting a straighter or playing in a band on stage,” teased Zuckerberg.

The full list of Rift launch countries is available at the Oculus website.

Rift remote and Touch motion controller

As mentioned, the Rift includes a special remote, an input device Oculus designed to make it simple and intuitive to navigate virtual reality content. You’ll use it to browse the Oculus store, explore 360-degree videos and experience a wide range of virtuality-games and entertainment.

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“It is the easiest way to introduce non-gamers to virtual reality,” said Oculus. When you pre-order Rift, you’ll also secure your place in line for Touch motion controller pre-orders which open later in the year, with first Touch shipments scheduled to commence in the second half of the year.

Here’s what the Touch looks like.

Oculus Rift Touch image 001Pricing on the motion-input controllers will be announced in due time. More information on the Touch controllers is available over at Oculus’s website.

Availability

You can pre-order your Oculus Rift right now for $599 at shop.oculus.com. They will be shipping the device at the end of March to 20 countries initially. Orders are currently limited to one device per customer.

For the time being, the Rift is compatible with Windows only. You can download and run the Rift compatibility tool for Windows in the webstore to find out if your PC is Rift-ready.

For best experience, Oculus recommend the following PC system:

  • 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

Special bundles that include a Rift-ready PC and a Rift itself will be available for pre-order in February starting at $1,499.

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  • nonchalont

    Nice! Definitely would want one of those.

  • lookHOWMADheis

    Why can I only think of naughty things people will do with this product….?

    • Mike M. Powell

      Bringing “Point of View” to a whole’nother world lol xD

  • NolesFan

    Much lower price point than I thought it would be. Very nice!

    • really, i thought it was quite the opposite – i have the pc gear to run rift but i dunno, i prefer the price point of the playstation vr at 300-350$…

  • mrgerbik

    For some reason, I feel this isnt going to do really well… but only time will tell i suppose.

    • iPhoneWINS

      VR never does

    • TechnoBuff

      For some reason and not being negative, I feel the same as well.
      I know its rave of the moment including AR, but i sense the enthusiasm will taper off once the product is released and the price point does not help at all but who knows………
      Wish them well certainly

  • iPhoneWINS

    here comes a 2 billion dollar virtual reality fail…

  • Rowan09

    A quicker way to go blind. No thank you with these virtual reality headsets.

  • 600$ no thanks

  • JulianZH

    it also require a pc???

    • @sexyhamthing

      For best experience, Oculus recommend the following PC system:

      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

      Special bundles that include a Rift-ready PC and a Rift itself will be available for pre-order in February starting at $1,499.

  • Jason

    Too expensive, maybe I will buy it for $350 just like dk2

  • jay

    thats a good deal 59.90 $ i order one right away…..