Oculus Rift Up For Pre-Order
January 9th, 2016 | by Kevin James Krotz
The virtual reality rig starts at $599
Preorders for the Oculus Rift have finally opened and we have more information about the virtual reality rig. The Rift will start shipping on March 28th for $599 and will appear in “limited locations at select retailers” starting in April.
Oculus will also be giving away consumer edition Rifts to anyone who backed the project on Kickstarter and spent enough for a development kit. If you aren’t a development kit owner, you can still buy a Rift online. The device is available for purchase as long as you live in the US or 19 other countries. Included with the Rift is a carrying case, an Xbox One controller, an external tracking camera, and the Oculus Remote along with a copy of Lucky Tale (anyone who preorders will also get a copy of EVE: Valkyrie).
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While preorders for the Rift are open to anyone, not everyone will have the ability to run the rig. The Rift’s store page has a downloadable compatibility tool, which will allow users to know if their PCs meet the high specs that the Rift requires. We previously knew that the Rift would require high spec hardware, with the total cost of running a rig being somewhere around $1,500.
The Rift experience was shown last year with the Oculus Touch motion controllers, which were recently delayed until the second half of 2016. Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey did recently state that preordering the Rift will reserve a spot for Oculus Touch preorders. “First in line for Rift = first in line for Touch,” Luckey wrote. Luckey also has stated that those that preorder will not be required to pay anything until their orders ship.
There’s no doubt that the Oculus Rift will be popular, with the first batch of preorder units already accounted for. Anyone who orders the Rift now, will receive their unit sometime in April.