The First 'Oculus-Ready' PC Bundles Have Been Revealed

By Tom Pritchard on at

When pre-orders for the Oculus Rift opened up last month, it was announced that PC bundles would be coming but no details were shared. That changed as of today, and we finally have some information on the first wave of 'Oculus-ready' gaming PC bundles.

We don't have definite UK pricing or availability just yet, but details should be announced relatively soon.

First up is the Alienware Area 51, which will cost $2549 (£1,761), and comes with an Intel i7-5820K CPU, a NVIDIA 980 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and a 2TB hard drive. Alienware is also offering the S51 R3, which comes in two variants. The first costs $1,199 (£828) and comes with a NVIDIA 970 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The second costs $1,499 (£1,035) and has a NVIDIA 980 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Both come with an Intel i5-6400 CPU.

ASUS also has three Oculus ready PCs for sale, the G11CD and two variants of the ROG G20CB. The G11CD ($1049/£725) comes packing an Intel i5-6400 CPU, NVIDIA 970 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The first ROG G20CB ($1,449/£1,001) comes with an Intel i5-6400 CPU, a NVIDIA 970 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The second ($1699/£1,173) comes with an Intel i7-6700 CPU, a NVIDIA 980 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 1TB hard drive.

Finally there's the Dell XPS 8900 SE ($1,199/£828), which comes with an Intel i5-6400 CPU, a NVIDIA 970 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.

So all round some impressive, yet pricey, machines.

Buying one of PCs in the bundle also means you get an Oculus headset, sensor, remote, an Xbox One controller, as well as two games (Lucky's Tale and EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack).

Over in the US pre-orders are set to open on 16th February at Best Buy, Amazon, and the Microsoft store, ahead of an estimated shipping date of 23rd April. Buying a dedicated PC/Headset bundle will save you between $100-$200 (£69-£138), though obviously building your own rig and purchasing the headset separately may end up slightly cheaper.

[Oculus via Ars Technica, IGN]