Oculus Rift pre-orders go live, price point set at $600/£500 | PCGamesN

Oculus Rift pre-orders go live, price point set at $600/£500

Update 3, 6th Jan: It seems the first batch of headsets has sold out with the estimated shipping date set for May. 

Update 2, 6th Jan: You can now register interest in the Oculus Rift over on the store. While they aren't charging anything immediately, as detailed below, the final price is $599.00 or £499.00. For a single set up. That needs an incredibly powerful PC to use software that hasn't yet proved to be, really, well, much fun. I'm not going to pretend I haven't been a cynic for this stuff, but that seems like a ludicrous amount for anyone to pay. But, people spend that on graphics cards and high end monitors, and that's essentially what you're getting - a new, high-fidelity gaming experience.

Will it be worth it? We'll decide in reviews, then you can decide with your wallet.

NVIDIA have released an official statline for what you'll need to run VR games.

Update, 6th Jan: Palmer Luckey's already been revealing some key facts on Twitter about the Oculus Rift pre-orders that are going live in just a few hours at 4pm GMT. Most importantly, you won't be charged a thing until they start shipping. There's no deposit or bonuses for pre-ordering, so you can happily wait for reviews before dropping a pennycent.

The pair of tweets announcing this are embedded below.

This is a fairly interesting move. The hype around VR is palpable - people are willing to spend money on this stuff now, and Oculus could very easily exploit that without looking 'bad'. It's hardly new for a company to accept money for pre-orders. Hell, they were alright doing it when they only had a prototype for the initial Kickstarter. Moreover, as someone that doesn't think this first generation of headsets is going to live up to the promise, I'm surprised they have, as Luckey puts it, so much confidence. The first step on me being proven happily wrong.

After this pair of tweets, Luckey said he couldn't post any more information until pre-orders went live. However, he also announced yesterday that everyone who reserves a Rift will be able to put themselves down for the Oculus Touch at the same time, with a first-in-line spot for both. There won't be a discount for doing so, though, as buying the control sensors without the Rift wouldn't make any sense.

Original Story, 4th Jan: Oculus have announced in a blog post today that pre-orders for the release version of their virtual reality headset will be going live on Wednesday, January 6th. The post went live at 07:41 PST with an image indicating 48 hours to go, so presumably it will be around 8am Pacific that the ordering system actually goes live.

The post doesn't confirm a price or shipping date, but says that everything will be revealed come the 6th. It also states that every pre-order will come with Eve: Valkyrie, CCP's spaceship laser simulator, and Lucky's Tale, an N64-style puzzle-platformer.

CEO and all around internet cool guy Palmer Luckey will also be doing a Reddit AMA on the 6th to answer questions and do general PR. A link will be posted closer to the time. He also indicated on Twitter that shipping for the headset would begin in Q1.

So, the moment of truth, will you be buying into VR now or giving it some time? For me, it's very doubtful unless the price is infinitely lower than I expect. I'm not convinced by the technology at all, as far as gaming goes, and am positive that it will make me feel sick. I'm excited to see how it's used in other fields - making it seem like you're in a movie theatre at home, for example - and how the tech develops over the next few years. Once it's a chip in my head, or better yet a holodeck, then I'm on board.

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Fattox avatarKeefBaker avatarmetaldrumcore avatarLordCrash avatarShriven avatarBelimawr avatar+4
Fattox Avatar
2 Years ago

Good timing, i just sold my old DK2 a month ago... for profit!

I'm not really sold on the next one, since my VR-enthused buddy says the tech is still not as stellar as a non-hardcore VR fan might want it to be. The blurry UI/text was the worst part of the experience in my DK2 and i'm not sure that's been improved much in the new model.

UntoldAv3nGer Avatar
2 Years ago

I was expecting $300-$400 at the most. $600 is too much for me.

「Spaerk」 Avatar
2 Years ago

I expect it to drop quite a bit over the course of the year, considering that there are quite a few other companies who are working on their versions.

I agree though, $600 is a lot of money, especially if you would also need to upgrade your graphics card.

KeefBaker Avatar
2 Years ago

I had a DK1 and it was like playing lego. 640x480 in each eye was just... awful.

However I hear this has 1080p in each eye which should be enough. I won't be preordering though, I'll wait for reviews. As to valkyrie... well... I already have Elite Dangerous for space VR funtimes.

metaldrumcore Avatar
2 Years ago

I've wanted this since I was a child. I waited for the shop page to open with excitement. Once the site finally displayed an image, which took them a bit, I was baffled at that price tag. I own a ROG PG278Q, and an NVIDIA GTX970 4GB. I know graphics and fidelity costs money. I just didn't expect the huge price tag over their initial plotted prices or their dev kit pricing. I will definetly be looking to reviews to see if it is worth it first. I am saddened to say that as I was expecting to just click preorder without hesitation. I never saw that coming.

LordCrash Avatar
2 Years ago

700€ for everyone in the Euro zone is even much worse. I mean, WTF?

Shriven Avatar
2 Years ago

No idea what they are trying to pull at that price discrepancy. Priced themselves out of my cash. Ill wait for a vive.

Belimawr Avatar
2 Years ago

console pricing scheme, also US prices often don't include their version of VAT as the tax is different per state.

but even waiting for the Vive I would put money on it being around the same price point. these were always going to be expensive and only for the top end enthusiasts until the tech gets much older. if you think of it basically on the grounds these headsets are a basically a mobile phones (some bits out, some extra bits in) so you will always be looking around flagship mobile price and that is always in the £500 range, as I said until the "new" flagship comes out and they sell off the old stock.

so if you want one of these without spending a fortune your probably looking at either when a V2 comes out and they sell off the old stock or if the sales end up being worse than people predict then people will reduce the price to liquidate what stock they do have rather than waiting till they lose more money on the over stock. (it's what happened with the WiiU and why for a while they were selling cheaper than the Wii)

Recluse Avatar
2 Years ago

People are complaining about the price but it took me ten minutes to get through and pre-order this morning I think they are doing just fine.

Anakhoresis Avatar
2 Years ago

$600? Wow... Yeah, weren't they initially aiming for a $300 price point? And then they talked about being a bit over $350? They didn't even come CLOSE to what they talked about.