We’re excited to announce that Rift is now available to pre-order for $599 USD on and it will ship to 20 countries/regions starting March 28. People have been dreaming about immersive high-end VR for decades, and we’re thrilled to share Rift with you this March.
Much stink was made this week of the Oculus Rift’s US$599 price, and it is on the higher range of what we were expecting (we predicted something in the $500-600 price range). Hey, we get it, it ain’t cheap at all. Especially when you factor in the cost of the PC you’ll need to power it, which will set you back roughly another $900 (Oculus’ partners will be offering Rift/PC bundles in the $1,500 range).
Just remember to keep things in perspective. Virtual reality may seem established, because we in the tech and gaming press have been blabbering on about it for years now. But this is just the very beginning – and being an early adopter has never been cheap (remember, the first iPhone launched at $499, and that was with a two-year contract!). From where we stand now, the Oculus Rift does exactly what first-generation products need to do: it provides a premium, uncompromised experience that’s going to blow people’s minds when they try it.
Highly disagree. The price, of course, is the first major step back which will alienate VR mass market launch. The specs then, are a huge step back because it means you either get a 300$ dollars or a full 1000$ computer to be able to use a 700$ VR headset. And finally the fact that it is still reliant on PCs which are highly unoptimized and messy (if you’ve used a DK1/2 or any PC you know what I’m talking about).
The PSVR is by far the best headset (although one can regret the lower resolution even if the technology seem to imply that it won’t have any SDE or aberration), not only for the price which is probably going to be around 400/450$ and the fact that free Oculus Rift it’s compatible, optimised and usable out-of-the-box with any PS4 (which is also cheaper and optimised). I’m pretty sure that if it’s well marketed and priced by Sony, the PSVR will sell way more than the Oculus thus paving the way for VR.
I’m going to get VR, but I’d need to buy both host machine and headset (and controllers and games etc of course). The best games we’ve seen previews of (in print), are for the PSVR. And that will be close to half the price of Oculus if you need to buy the host machine as well. And with PSVR, even if VR is a let-down, you’ve still got a lovely new PS4.