At long last, the retail build of the Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order on its official website. If you’ve been waiting for this day, you finally have the chance to place your order by following the link here. Customers who pre-order will not be charged for the PC VR device up until it is shipped.
The Oculus Rift will retail for the price of $599.99, which is a little higher than expected. The last gaming peripheral that had the same price tag, the PS3, didn’t quite do well until it received a few price cuts. We certainly hope that’s not the case for the very first consumer VR device. Though, given the beefy PC specs required to run modern PC games in VR, it’s highly likely that the Oculus Rift’s price won’t be an issue for early adopters.
The now Facebook-owned virtual reality head-mounted display headset is developed by Oculus VR. It was initially proposed in a Kickstarter campaign, during which Oculus VR (at the time an independent company) raised US$2.5 million for the development of the product.
During its development, it has seen several prototype iterations, including Development Kit 1, HD Prototype, Crystal Cove Prototype, Development Kit 2, and lastly the Crescent Bay prototype. The consumer version of the device is an improved version of the Crescent Bay Prototype, featuring per-eye displays running at 90 Hz with a higher combined resolution than DK2, 360 degree positional tracking, integrated audio, a vastly increased positional tracking volume, and a heavy focus on consumer ergonomics and aesthetics.
The Oculus Rift is expected to ship to end users during March 2016. The device will come bundled with a sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, an Xbox One Controller, EVE: Valkyrie, and Lucky’s Tale.
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