Oculus Rift will cost you US$600+ – pre-orders open now

Well folks – if you were hoping for a cheap entry into the world of virtual reality, you’re about to be disappointed. Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift VR headset opened up this morning, and the new technology will set you back a massive US$599 apiece. Don’t get greedy, you’re only able to pre-order one per customer.

Oculus Rift launch lineup

Oculus Rift launch lineup

There’s some confusion for Australian/NZ gamers, all prices are listed in US$, and stand at US$649 in AU, US$699 for NZ, but neither includes shipping yet. (If you’re somewhere else in the world, the headset is being shipped to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.)

The asking price will net you a Rift headset, an Oculus Remote, cables, an Xbox One Controller and a sensor, as well as copies of both EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale. More than 100 games are promised to be playable by the end of 2016.

We can’t wait to share more about the incredible games and experiences coming to Rift this year. Touch will ship in the second half of the year and will unlock entirely new interactions that let people take their VR experiences further than ever before.

Want to know if your PC is ready? Here’s the recommended system specs:

  • 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

…and if you’d like to make doubly sure? There’s a handy Oculus compatibility tool you can run, too.

While the price point is considerably higher than anticipated, the shipping date is also sooner than we’d thought: Rift headsets will be sent out from March 28th this year… but that date is being constantly pushed back after Day 1 editions sold out in just 14 minutes! If you don’t want to buy one online, Rift will also be available “in limited locations at select retailers” starting in April 2016.

That launch window means it should be out just before the Steam VR HTC Vive headset.

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