Facebook’s $599 Oculus Rift VR System To Ship in March

The long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality system is now available for pre-ordering and is due to start shipping to customers on March 28. In its announcement today, Oculus also revealed the system's price for the first time: $599.

Purchased by Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, Oculus has been developing both the Rift and another virtual-reality device, the Gear VR, which works with several kinds of Samsung smartphones. The consumer version of the Gear VR, a headset priced at $99, was released in late November.

By contrast, the higher-price Oculus Rift system includes a headset with built-in headphones as well as a microphone, a sensor, an Oculus Remote and an Xbox One controller. Pre-ordered systems will also ship with a game called Lucky's Tale and include access to made-for-VR content through the EVE: Valkyrie through the Founder's Pack.

Oculus-Ready PC Bundle Coming Soon

Available for pre-ordering through Oculus.com, the Rift is initially set to ship to 20 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The company is also offering a $1499 bundle option that includes an Oculus Ready PC in addition to the VR system. Pre-ordering for the bundled system will start in February, but customers who order the Rift system now will qualify for the bundle price when the PC becomes available.

To get the full user experience for Rift, a customer will need a PC with at least 8 GB of RAM running 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 or higher. Each user will also need a graphics card equivalent to or greater than a Nvidia GTX 970/AMD R9 290, a processor equivalent to an Intel i5-4590 or higher, support for HDMI 1.3 video output and three USB 3.0 ports plus one USB 2.0 port.

Pre-ordering the Rift will also give customers a place in line for advance orders...

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