The wait is almost over
It’s been right around three years since Oculus Rift appeared on Kickstarter, which in turn reinvigorated interest in the virtual reality market as a whole. Ever since then, VR has been one of the hottest, most widely talked about subjects, and come Wednesday, you’ll finally be able to pre-order an Oculus Rift.
The journey to pre-order status has been a long and interesting one. Facebook acquired Oculus VR back in March 2014 for a cool $2 billion, and the knee-jerk reaction was that Zuckerberg would ruin the experience by focusing on crappy casual titles for mobile devices. Thankfully that hasn’t been the case.
Interest in Oculus Rift remains high, and to give early adopters a taste of the technology, every pre-ordered Rift headset will come with Lucky’s Tale by Playful and CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie bundled in for free. It’s also said to come with an Xbox One controller since the Oculus Touch controller isn’t yet ready for release.
The question on everyone’s mind is how much Oculus Rift will cost. That hasn’t been revealed yet, though an announcement is expected at CES, hopefully before it goes up for pre-order Wednesday morning (starting at 8 AM Pacific).
As for other unknowns, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has promised to answer “all your questions” during a Reddit AMA on Wednesday evening at 6 PM Pacific.
This looks to be a big year for VR. In addition to the Rift finally making it to retail, the HTC Vive is expected to launch sometime this year, likely around April. With the hardware coming into view, it will be interesting to see what compelling games and software developers come up with.