The retail version of the Oculus Rift, locking at $600, is finally available for pre-order.
At $599 for the headset and $30 shipping, pre-orders for the Oculus Rift are now open on Oculus’ website, available to over 20 countries around the globe – at limited supply: only 1 unit per customer, and once March 28 arrives, the headset will be available at few retailers. Pre-ordered headsets are expected to reach their owners in April-May.
Right now the Rift is bundled with Lucky’s Tale and Eve: Valkyrie, with over 100 virtual reality games expected to be available by the end of the year, with the Oculus Touch controllers (which you can reserve now if you pre-order Rift) launching somewhere mid 2016, according to Oculus.
All backers from the Kickstarter campaign get a bonus: a free “Kickstarter Edition” of the Rift (which received 2 prototype versions during its campaign) and a compatibility tool to check if your PC can support the hardware. Additionally, gaming PCs can now receive the “Oculus Ready” certificate to ensure that they support the virtual reality experience in a manner that’s both satisfying and doesn’t compromise your health.
As far as high-end VR headsets are concerned, Rift will be competing with Valve’s Vive and Sony’s Playstation VR during the first half of the year, with Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard covering the “cheaper” front.Tags: Headset Oculus Oculus Rift VR