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Virtual Reality Headset Oculus Rift Will Cost $ 599

01/07/2016 - 14:04

Many were looking forward for this day, the day when we know the date of market launch of the revolutionary VR-helmet from the company Oculus VR, owned by Facebook. Finally, the moment has come, and now we know exactly when the gadget goes on sale, and can stop guessing about its price. So, the headset Oculus Rift will be on the shelf in March, at the price of $ 599 plus shipping (another $ 30 on top for most countries).

BagoGames via flickr
BagoGames via flickr
March 28 - that's the day when the headset Oculus Rift will fall into hands of the first customers. That's when some of the big retailers start selling gadget in their stores. Also, those who in 2012 supported the Oculus Rift project on Kickstarter, will be able to get the VR-headset for free. Earlier, they have received the very first DevKit Oculus Rift headset. Now, they are getting the fancier version of the helmet improved in all parameters without any additional costs.

So, what do you get for $ 599? The package includes the VR-headset itself with built-in headphones, a stationary sensor to track the position of the user's head in space, remote control Oculus Remote to manage applications and multimedia content, necessary cables, a game controller from the console Xbox One, as well as copies of the game EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale. Innovative controllers Oculus Touch were delayed for unknown reasons, and will go on sale later this year.

Do not forget that in addition to the headset, you will need a powerful computer, capable of delivering real-time high-resolution image with a high frame rate. Otherwise, your virtual reality will go wrong. According to the headset’s developers, only 13% of existing computers are powerful enough to use the Oculus Rift now. So mentally prepare yourself to a serious upgrade, if you decide to join the VR. Check the compatibility of your PC with the headset by downloading the official application from the developers’ site.

For normal operation of the headset, you will need a computer with the graphics card Nvidia GTX 970/AMD 290 or higher, a processor better than Intel Core i5-4590, 8 GB of RAM, HDMI output version 1.3, three USB-ports version 3.0 and one 2.0, as well as 64-bit Windows not less than 7 version with included SP1.