“$599 US dollars!” The infamous exclamation of Sony’s Kaz Hirai during the price announcement for the PlayStation 3. Gamers and techies can now bask in the glory of those words again thanks to Oculus. The Oculus Rift consumer model is now available for pre-order and far from most analysts’ prediction of being in the $300 range, the unit costs $599. Lucky buyers get an Xbox One controller, EVE: Valkyrie, and Lucky’s Tale to go with their flashy VR headset and positional sensor. The first units will roll out on March 28th.
Keep in mind that you’ll need a bit of extra kit for your Oculus Rift to work. The company recommends a beefy computer that can handle the demanding needs of VR software. (Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 minimum graphics processor.) “Oculus Ready PCs” will be offered in February to take all the guesswork out of that end of the setup.