Tor the years of hype and development, from issues to fragile developer units, delays and even an acquisition by Facebook, the final Oculus Rift package has gone live. On sale for $599 — a price that is high, yes, but enthusiasts and those keeping track have already bombarded the pre-order chance, rendering the Rift sold-out. Shipping starts in March; the next batch in May.
For those six Benjamins, Oculus will give you a “sick carrying case”, with a Rift headset, sensor, Xbox One wireless controller (that works with Windows), required cables and the games Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. What about the Oculus Touch controllers you ask? Well, those are delayed until mid-2016, but honestly that’s quite fine right now.
Virtual reality will finally have the opportunity to see mainstream usage with the PC gaming market, and as an experience in general. It’s worth noting that the Rift requires a beefy computer capable of gaming to make good use of it, so you’re on your own there.
So, the VR wizards at Oculus have thought of that as well: a $1,499 package will include the entire Rift package, along with a desktop PC that includes an NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD R9 290 graphics card, Intel i5-4590 CPU, 8GB RAM, HDMI 1.3 compatible output, 3 USB 3.0 ports and Windows 7 SP1 64 or newer (?).
Oculus: it’s time to rock.