Facebook’s Oculus has finally revealed the price tag of its highly anticipated virtual-reality headset Starting today (Jan. 6), the Oculus Rift is available for preorder at $599 , with the first shipments going out March 28.
I believe that 599$ is a reasonable price for Rift and Vive @ 1000$ is reasonable price too. I don’t say this because I’m rich, I’m not. Not even close. I make 2000$after tax as a convinient store manager. But I knew Rift at 350$ or even 400$ sounded too good to be true and expected it more toward 499$. Simply I was prepared but it would be a lie if I said I wasn’t little disappointed @ 599$.
Inside, there are a pair of low persistence OLED screens, one for each eye. There’s no motion blur, no judder, no pixels,” says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. It feels just like you’ve put on a pair of glasses.” The entire optics display is removable, too—allowing you to install a pair of lesnes that better fit your face (I have an enormous nose, for instance) or have more room for a pair of spectacles. Neat!
Yes, that’s right, a normal game console controller, with standard analog sticks and buttons, and a wireless adapter to connect it to your PC. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer came out on stage to announce that you’ll even be able to stream Xbox One games like Halo, Forza and Sunset Overdrive to the Rift… but it’s not what you’d think. You won’t be playing those games in virtual reality—you won’t feel like you’re driving a Forza car—but rather just sitting in a VR room playing them on a big-screen TV. Fun, but lame.
The Oculus Rift giveaway can track them in a virtual environment with its camera and the controller’s built-in inertial sensors, but that’s not all they can do: Oculus founder Palmer Luckey says they can actually recognize gestures you make with your hands, like waving or giving a thumbs-up. They’ll be coming in the first half of 2016, probably after the Rift itself, though you’ll be able to preorder them at the same time. No word on how much they’ll cost.