View Full Version : Oculus Rift Priced at $600, Launching In March

The Deadman
01-07-2016, 12:43 PM

As promised, Oculus has opened pre-orders for its first consumer Rift virtual reality headset. Now that you can actually lock your order in, we finally know one of the most important details: just how much it will cost.

In order to bring home the Rift, you’ll need to budget $600. When we spoke with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe at E3, he reiterated a previous statement about what interested purchasers should expect to pay for a new PC that supports VR and the headset itself.

“I want to see, and hope to see, full package Rift plus PC for even less, for down to $1,300 or $1,200.,” Iribe told us. “The $1,500 statement was around what people can expect to spend for a full package at retail. You’ll buy parts a lot cheaper. If you do it yourself and you’re putting together your own PC, you’ll be able to do it for a lot less than $1,500. This is something we’re really pushing on our retail partners and our OEM PC partners, we’re going to be out there heavily promoting it at $1,500 or less for the full package. Rift is only a small fraction of that. Most of that cost is the PC.”

Based on the Rift price, you’re looking at a PC in the neighborhood of $900 to hit Iribe’s mark. If you’re looking to purchase parts to build your own from scratch, that comes down to $600 - $700.

The minimum spec for the Rift has only slightly changed since it was announced last year. The difference is the increase in USB ports from two to four to account for additional devices connected (an Xbox One controller or wireless adapter, for instance).

Pre-orders for the Rift include EVE Valkyrie, and everyone that purchases one will also get Playful’s 3D platformer, Lucky’s Tale. You won’t be charged for the Rift until it ships in March, and pre-orders won’t “sell out.” If you don’t get in on the first wave, your ship date will simply be pushed later.

Yeah, no thanks

01-07-2016, 01:43 PM
Pretty expensive, but worth it IMO. The rift looks like it could have a lot of potential.

Playing a star wars xwing game on there would be so fun.

01-07-2016, 02:37 PM
It's like 2006 era PS3 only ten times worse because its VR instead of a console.

01-07-2016, 02:42 PM
VR is the future, it's been pretty funny watching the reactions about the price as it had been a surprise and seeing fools comment on how it's going to fail. VR is the future whether you like it or not and it's uses are far from only being gaming, it's a whole new way to access media. Of course the price is expensive now but even then it's still cheap for what it is and how much it used to cost. We'll be seeing cheaper VR devices in the near future, give it 5 years and it'll be fairly mainstream. Instead of comparing the Occulus to say the Kinect compare it to where smartphones were ten years ago when the iphone first launched at a very expensive price and how five years ago it was finally accepted by most people and now it's almost a necessity in everyday life.

Candy Kappa
01-07-2016, 03:06 PM
It might be €699 in Europe. Yikes...

01-07-2016, 03:11 PM
Your gonna need a GTX 970 or higher to be able to use the Oculus Rift as well.

01-08-2016, 06:56 AM
VR won't be going away and it won't be seen as a fad. It's an actual game changer. This is probably the most excited I've been for a piece of technology. Can't freakin' wait.

01-08-2016, 07:37 AM
People keep saying "$600 isn't so expensive" but this isn't $600 for something you can play games on. It's $600 for something that gives you the opportunity to play a subset of games on a much more expensive device.

The people saying "VR is DOA" are just as stupid as the people who say "It doesn't matter cause it's the future!" because the truth is we're probably looking at a reality that's in the middle for years.