Consumer Oculus Rift Will Cost Around £300

By Nick Cowen on at

With the Oculus Rift's launch date of early 2016 edging ever nearer -- and it's a tonne to a tenner that the Virtual Reality Gaming Headset is likely to make an appearance on the shop floor at E3 next month -- there's still not much official news about what it'll cost once it goes on sale. However, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has given us an inkling as to how many sheckles you'll need to save up for it.

Speaking at Re/code's annual Code Conference in California, Iribe said that the rig required to run the Oculus Rift would probably set consumers back about $1,500 - or about £980 if you're based in the UK.

“We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range,” said Iribe. Re/code reported that Iribe wants the price for the entire set up to drop under $1,000.

Oculus revealed the specs of a rig needed to run the rig earlier this month - and announced they were putting development for Macs on hold - and IGN reports that a PC with those specs would run your average consumer about $1,000 (about  £651). So, looking at Iribe's quote and doing a bit of arithmetic, if the entire PC and VR Headset set up will run consumers $1,500, it's likely that the headset by itself could be ballparked at between $400 to $500. That would put the UK Oculus Rift price at between £260 and £325. But that's before you factor in the usual mark up for rip off Britain.