Oculus VR, the company that introduced the idea of gaming on a virtual reality headset with its Oculus Rift, has now officially announced the price. Prior to the announcement, Oculus did mention that the VR headset won’t come cheap. Three months ago, the Oculus Rift was estimated to be around RM1500 or slightly more.
Let’s get straight to the point here. The Oculus Rift, being the first consumer gaming VR headset to officially be released, will cost US$599 (about RM2,700), if you are living in the US. For those in the UK, the Oculus Rift is priced at £499 (around RM3,200), while Europeans have to fork out a whopping €700 (about RM3,300). With prices this high, one might wonder how much the Oculus Rift will cost when – or if – it finally comes to Malaysia.
Price aside, Oculus Rift owners will be greeted with a black casing that houses an Xbox One Controller, Oculus Remote, a sensor and of course, the Oculus Rift itself. Along with the peripherals, owners of the Oculus Rift will also receive a free copy of Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. Now for the not-so-pretty detail: the Oculus Rift is just one part of the VR experience.
Similar to what Nvidia announced a few days ago at CES 2016, the Oculus Rift will need a powerful PC to run efficiently. Basically, the GPU needed to run the Oculus Rift would be either the Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290. That’s not all, the minimum processor required to use the VR headset would be an Intel Core i5-4590. For those that don’t already own a system with the aforementioned specs, expect to fork out a few thousand ringgit more.
The Oculus Rift is available for pre-order starting today and according to Oculus, the estimated date for delivery would be in May 2016. Unfortunately, Malaysia is once again not included in the list of countries to receive the Oculus Rift first.