The Oculus Rift is finally hitting the market at the end of next month and while you can already pre-order the headset itself for $600, Oculus has now announced the first batch of Oculus-Certified PCs for pre-order, which come with a Rift headset. Oculus has partnered up with big names like Alienware, ASUS and Dell for its first VR PCs and as you would expect, the Oculus PC and Rift bundles mostly manage to hit the $1500 buy-in price that has been mentioned before.
First up, let's take a look at the offerings from ASUS. The cheapest of the company's three offerings is the G11CD, which features an Intel Core i5-6400, 8GB of DDR4 RAM a 1TB HDD and a Nvidia GTX 970. The bundle price for this rig is $949.99 according to the Oculus web page. ASUS has two more PC bundles ready, the ROG G20CB, which comes in two flavours, the first comes with an Intel Core i5, GTX 970, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for $1349.99 and the second comes with an Intel Core i7-6400, 16GB of RAM, a GTX 980 and a 256GB SSD+1TB HDD for $1599.99.
Dell has just one offering in this line up with the XPS 8900 SE, which comes with an Intel Core i5-6400, a 1TB HDD, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 970 for $999.99.
Alienware has a batch of three PCs up for grabs, the first is the Area 51, featuring an Intel Core i7 5820K, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a GTX 980 and a 128GB SSD+2TB HDD for $2459.99. Then there are two flavours of Alienware X51 available, the first has the exact same specifications as Dell's XPS PC for the same price but the second X51 bumps things up with an Intel Core i5 6400, a GTX 980, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $1499.99.
Those who have already bought an Oculus Ready PC will be eligible for a discount on the Rift headset, which you can claim, HERE.
KitGuru Says: The Oculus Rift hits the market at the end of next month so it might be the right time to invest in a PC upgrade. Also, remember that Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey will be running a base-spec VR PC himself, featuring a GTX 970 and Intel Core i5 in order to get the same experience as most customers, so hopefully this will lead to decent optimization for VR games. Are any of you planning on jumping on VR when it lands? Are you planning on picking up a new PC for the occasion?