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Oculus Rift goes on sale for £530

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now available for pre-order, priced at $600 (£530 inc. shipping the UK). This is vastly more than the originally projected $300-$350 cost for the consumer head mounted display (HMD), but we were warned previously by Palmer Luckey and several others involved in its development, that despite subsidies, it wouldn't be cheap.

Regardless of the price though, this is a huge day for virtual reality. The first truly consumer grade, VR HMD is available for public pre-order. With the HTC Vive still a few months away and efforts from other manufacturers still not slated for any particular release, Oculus is first to the table once again.

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Has it done that at the expense of offering the full package though? While The Oculus Rift CV1 headset first shipments are expected to ship in March, they will not ship with the much lauded Touch motion controls. Although they were always planned to release later, they are now not expected to arrive until the second half of 2016.

In comparison, the HTC Vive, which is expected to debut in April, will ship with its newly refined wand controllers right out of the box. The Rift will come with a wireless Xbox One controller.

Of course even with the Rift now available to pre-order, the quality of the final product, how it compares to the commercial HTC Vive and all sorts of other elements will factor in to which is the preferable platform for VR during this first generation of hardware.

KitGuru Says: Regardless, this is hugely exciting. I have my Rift pre-ordered, what about the rest of you?

 

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12 comments

  1. $600 to £ is £410, why is it £499 priced on the store, seems like a kick in the teeth.

  2. About $1,100 AUD. incl shipping.

  3. I’d love to preorder but they wont ship to me…

  4. You need to take into account the 20 percent VAT as well, which brings it up to around £492.

  5. Demon Highwayman

    Most U.S states don’t charge any form of V.A.T. which is probably where the US price comes from, also US companies love to charge us for shipping to the UK at a standard inflated price (before any additional shipping charges are shown to UK customers).

    I’ll wait to see what the HTC Vive can come up with or wait for the next gen headsets I think.

  6. Gary 'Gazza' Keen

    It’d probably not be as bad if it weren’t for the fact that I still need to buy a GTX1080 when it comes out

  7. God damn VAT!

  8. It did say though, that the price is in addition to taxes.

  9. Then take shipping and import duty/customs into account.

    In euro for me, the price of the rift is just shy of €1000 with everything factored in. Slight step up for the original estimate of $350 (a shade under €300 at the time with how exchange rates were) when the dk2 hit.

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  12. How many consumers have a 1000 euro lying around just to play a small selection of games? Nice technology, but as was said by the developers too, it targets a relatively small audience right now. Most gamers are console gamers, and they will not be willing to pay this much money. And I doubt that many PC gamers, even those that have a system that can run Rift, will be willing to invest so much money just for a controller.

    I don’t have a money tree, so I’ll just wait a few years to watch the prices come down. And if not, I can easily live without VR.