The Oculus Rift costs a staggering $599

Did you think the Oculus Rift would be $350? Not so fast: Oculus is asking $599 US for its sweet chunk of virtual reality equipment.

As promised, pre-orders for the Oculus Rift opened this morning. The $599 bundle includes the headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, Xbox One Controller, and its two flagship games. Those listed for sale as of press time will ship in April of this year (this date apparently shifts as more are sold).

Oculus is also planning a Reddit AMA for later this afternoon.

Of note to MMO players, the Rift will ship with a free copy of CCP’s EVE-spinoff VR shooter EVE Valkyrie, as announced last month. Oculus’ Touch controller, however, will not make the launch; it’s been bumped to the second half of 2016.

Source: Oculus shop
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boredinBC
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boredinBC

I am entirely unsurprised at the cost for OR.   I fully intend on getting one, but I plan on upgrading or redoing my rig first.  I also haven’t decided if I will purchase the PS VR first…it’s the more logical choice as the first iteration of it will be more easily compatible with my PS4s hardware and likely less buggy, at the expense of having a more closed ecosystem.

I usually wait for the second iteration of hardware before I buy anything anyways…VR headsets will be a late, late 2016 or early 2017 purchase for me.

deleted_79192583_wahnsinnicK
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deleted_79192583_wahnsinnicK

Tufty Google has already something like that … called “cardboard”.

Humble48
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Humble48

melissaheather I don’t see how that’s any different than what we already deal with as consumers. Most people don’t get both XBOX and PS4, and even Wii U. Unless you have an unlimited budget, you don’t get everything, so you choose which one will be the best suited for you and which one you’ll most like use the most. This is no different. 

This is no different than buying a good monitor for your computer….and those also cost a lot of money.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

A Dad Supreme My phone was only $399 completely unlocked with no commitment and my phone does more than all of those phones combined. Yes I have a Google Nexus

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

CloakingDonkey I’m not trying to run VR, nor am I interested or give a damn about VR.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

My issue with the price is that they are effectively forcing people into one and only one VR solution.   This means, in my case, I’m going to sit on the fence about a whole other year.   I will wait for Vive and PSVR to launch and see how all 3 compare.   I won’t spend this kind of money more than once.
I’d stated it this way on another tech site:  The problem with this pricing is that it’s early-adopter pricing, but we are supposed to be past that point now.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

PaganRites if you can run Star Citizen you should be able to support the Rift.   They say GTX 970.   The 980ti is Much more powerful than that.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

And it will fail, just as HMD technology has failed every time it’s been tried in the past.  But headstrong children do not listen; they must learn the hard way.

dorn2
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dorn2

CloakingDonkey dorn2 
Forgot one thing:
I estimate in 2 years this exact same headset will cost $150 at
most.  It would be closer to $75 but there are a few odd components
like the lenses.  For $200 I bet you’ll get a top end headset.

In the end the largest cost is still going to be your actual PC>

dorn2
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dorn2

CloakingDonkey dorn2 
Why does it have to replace normal monitors? Do I throw out my headphones because I have speakers?  Do I trash my weed whacker because I have a lawn mower?  Maybe you think I should replace my silverware with sporks?
It’s a monitor.  They’ll keep making them.  They’ll keep getting cheaper.