After an excruciatingly long wait, the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now up for pre-order. And it's probably a fair bit more expensive than you were expecting.
In the US, to pick up the Oculus Rift headset as a pre-order, you're going to have to part ways with $599, or roughly £410. That's not chump change by any measure, but us here in the UK are getting royally fleeced once again. To buy a Rift in the UK, you're looking at a £499 price tag. But hey, by now we're all used to the traditional British mark up right? *sigh*
Though the company would never be fully drawn into what the headset's final price would be, mastermind Palmer Luckey had previously stated it would be in the "ballpark" of $350 (£240). That's been well and truly missed, but you have to wonder how much the Rift kit's accessories have played a factor in the higher-than-expected pricing. All pre-orders include the headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, Xbox One Controller, and the VR games EVE: Valkyrie, and Lucky's Tale. In the UK, an Xbox One controller alone will set you back almost £40, so perhaps Luckey's earlier estimations hadn't factored this extras in.
Still, when you consider the price of a gaming rig powerful enough to make the most out of Oculus, there's no arguing that it's going to be an expensive trip to those virtual worlds. [Oculus]