It’s really happening
We were never really concerned that Oculus Rift would fall into an unfortunate category known as vaporware. Even though it’s been almost three years since it was introduced on Kickstarter, development kits and hands-on testing with said kits gave us confidence that it would eventually arrive, we just didn’t know exactly when or how much. Now we do.
Oculus, owned by Facebook, has opened up pre-orders for Oculus Rift just as it said it would. The cost is $599, which gets you the Rift headset with built-in headphones and mic, an external tracking camera, the new Oculus Remote, and Xbox One controller all stuffed inside a carrying case.
On the software side, pre-orders come with Lucky’s Tale, which is a VR platform title developed by Playful, and EVE: Valkyrie through the Founder’s Pack, which will include exclusive in-game content, founder status in Valkyrie, and other goodies not yet announced.
Putting in your pre-order also secures your place in line to pre-order the Touch controller later this month. In the meantime, Oculus says the included Xbox One controller is more than sufficient for games like Lucky’s Tale.
Given the high profile status of Oculus Rift, some may consider this the beginning of the VR movement. There have been other projects already released, like Samsung Gear VR, but none that carried the same level of excitement, hype, and industry support as Oculus Rift.
“We’ve been working with some of the top developers in the industry to create incredible, new made for VR games and experiences. In 2016 alone, Oculus Studios will introduce more than 20 games that are coming exclusively to Oculus this year, including Rockband VR by Harmonix, Edge of Nowhere by Insomniac, and The Climb by Crytek. We’ll be announcing additional titles soon!,” Oculus stated in a blog post.
The headset is only half the equation, you’ll need a capable PC too. Minimum recommended specs include:
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- RAM: 8GB
- 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
If in doubt, you can run the new Oculus compatibility tool.
Oculus Rift pre-orders will start shipping out to customers on March 28. The headset will also find its way to select retailers starting in April.