The Oculus Rift, Facebook's virtual reality headset, is now available for pre-order. It costs $600, starts shipping on March 28, and requires a bleeding edge PC to power it.
Here's everything you get in the $600 package:
In the run up to launch, Oculus VR - the Facebook-owned company that created and produced the Rift - released information on the type of PC you'll need to run it. The specs are pretty beefy: a bleeding edge graphics card, a strong processor, and lots of memory. Stuff that costs a decent chunk of change.
You could build one yourself - sure - but who wants to do that?
And that's why Oculus VR is offering "Oculus Ready" PC bundles starting at $1,499: a turnkey solution for the normal person who doesn't want to build their own PC, but who wants to get an Oculus Rift headset.
It's an expensive proposition, absolutely, but a much easier solution than putting everything together yourself.
In fact, if you put your own computer together, you could almost certainly cut down the price. Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey even said as much in a tweet on Wednesday morning:
As per blog post: Rift+PC bundles are starting at $1499. Might be able to build on your own cheaper, but good option for normal people.— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) January 6, 2016
There are three PC makers listed as participants in the program thus far: Dell, Asus, and Alienware (which is actually a subsidiary of Dell). There aren't any specs given for what each system is made of, but these recommended specs from Oculus VR offer a good example of what you can expect to get for your $1,500:
Pre-orders for the turnkey Oculus Rift solution go live in February, but if you want to lock in an early ship date now you can pre-order the headset and add a bundle later on. Or you could start building your own PC, of course.