Last month the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) finally launched its pre-order campaign ahead of first shipments on 28th March 2016. The kit costs some $599 USD, a price that came as a surprise to many. As creator Oculus VR itself has pointed out though, that isn’t as much as what a PC capable of using the kit will cost. However, Oculus VR is looking to reduce the overall price with its Oculus Ready PC programme, a set of rigs that met the recommended specs for the VR kit. Today, Oculus VR has announced when pre-orders for this PCs, complete with bundles for the Oculus Rift, will go live.
According to a new Oculus Blog post, the company will launch pre-orders at Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft Store at 08:00 PT on 16th February 2016. In other words, pre-orders will go live a week from today and will start at $1499 ‘for a limited time only’. An image for the rigs, seen below, also provides a closer look at the models, many of which have already been revealed. They include PCs from Asus, Alienware and Dell, and each spec list revealed how much the bundle price will knock off of the MSRP.
Those that have already pre-ordered the Oculus Rift will be able to take advantage of the bundles too if they opt in for ‘partner offers’, with codes going live at the same time.
“Pre-orders for Oculus Ready and Rift bundles will ship in limited quantities to select countries and regions from retail partners starting in April,” the blog explains.
Anyone that does pre-order the Oculus Rift bundle will also be getting a free copy of EVE: Valkyrie as well as Lucky’s Tale and an Xbox One controller.
Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest updates on the Oculus Rift and its Oculus Ready PCs.