The price for the eagerly awaited Oculus Rift VR headset was revealed today, ending months of speculation by critics and consumers alike on the cost of gaming’s next big technological leap. Costing $600 before tax, the headset went up for pre-order today on the official Oculus Rift website for those eager to secure the technological innovation. It sold out in 14 minutes.
Founder and inventor of the Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, revealed on his Twitter today that consumers who pre-order the Rift will not get charged until the device has shipped, which is currently scheduled for March 28th. Luckey then went on to mention that there is “No chance of Rift preorders “selling out”, we will keep taking preorders for as long as people want EVE: Valkyrie!”
Alongside the price and release date, further details were revealed about the Rift. The consumer until will launch with the headset (including built-in headphones and mic) the sensor, as well as an Xbox One controller, and the Oculus Remote, a device designed to navigate VR experiences. Two games will also come bundled with each pack – Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie.
While the price is certainly enough to melt your wallet, it is the recommended PC specs which truly boggle the mind:
- Graphics Cards: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB RAM
- Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
With the price and recommended specs combined, it is hard to see anyone other than the hardcore PC fan base and tech-elite grabbing a launch headset. However, there is good news for those Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift development kit, as they will all get a free, special, Kickstarter Edition of the Oculus Rift.