For all the talk of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMDs) Q1 2016 release window, which was announced today, fans are still in the dark about potential pricing for the PC-based device. Creator Oculus VR has teased that an information blowout is coming over the course of the next few weeks heading into E3 2015, in which a final price could be revealed. Until then, the company has at least confirmed that the Oculus Rift will be a ‘little bit more expensive’ than Oculus VR’s smartphone-based device, the Gear VR.
Oculus VR’s VP of Product Nate Mitchell noted as much today during an interview with TechCrunch at its Disrupt event in New York. Mitchell declined to comment when asked about pricing, but did reason that the Oculus Rift was designed to provide high-fidelity experiences for PC as opposed to the mobile titles that are made possible with Gear VR, which uses the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6 handsets to deliver VR experiences running on a phone that are then viewed through the device. As such, the Oculus Rift will cost more than the Gear VR’s $199 USD price tag.
That still leaves a pretty wide price range for the Oculus Rift, though Oculus VR has in the past also put in place a cap of $400. Whether or not that’s still the case remains to be seen. Oculus VR has also teased plenty of other aspects about the Oculus Rift, including possibilities of new input solutions being included with it and even the chances of it being compatible with consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can be sure that plenty more news is still to come.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.