Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Are Up, Debuts At $599 USD


Five Hundred And Ninety Nine U.S. Dollars for the Oculus Rift this March.

Today might be the first step of the ushering of a new age in video gaming, as the Oculus Rift is now available for a commercial pre-order. That said, it’s often the early stages that produce the more annoying growing pains, and the starting price for the Oculus Rift is sure to leave a sour taste in gaming fans’ mouths. As you can see above, an Oculus Rift starter package will cost $599 USD when it is released for a scheduled March 2016 launch.

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That Oculus Rift package comes with a few odds and ends, sure to drive the price up overall. Firstly, it contains the headset, sensor, Oculus Remote and required cables. Those are the no-brainers needed to have the game function. Additionally, it comes with an Xbox One controller, seeing how Oculus Rift and Microsoft brokered a deal that lets the Oculus Rift virtually play streamed Xbox One games. Finally, the system comes with EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale as free launch games.

The Oculus Rift was destined to be an expensive venture, especially considering its PC system requirements to optimally run the platform, but it will be even more expensive for international buyers. For one, the Oculus Rift is showing up at €699 in Europe, which is the equivalent of $751.49 USD as of press time. In Canada, the price of the Oculus Rift is $849 CAD, which is actually comparable to the USD price at $602. Finally, the UK price lists at £499, which is still about $729 USD. All prices listed are before shipping.

Regardless of the price, people are buying up the Oculus Rift in droves. In fact, March pre-orders are already sold out as of press time, with estimated April 2016 shipments going right now.

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