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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:25pm 07/01/16 | 5 Comments
At the price of $650 USD (for Australia) with an additional $130 USD in shipping costs. Which, may be a lot steeper than what you were expecting but this gets you the Rift headset, Oculus remote, cables, Xbox One controller, and a sensor. Plus two games. EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tail. If you're interested in the Rift you may want to get in quick because the initial shipments have already sold out. Which took roughly 14 minutes or so. Pre-orders as of now are expected to ship sometime in May this year.

Those who pre-order won't be charged until their unit ships, and for Australians that basically puts you at the mercy of the exchange rate at that particular point in time. In addition to online pre-orders, Rift units will also be available in select retailers sometime in April.



As to the question of what sort of rig is required the following recommended specs have also been announced:

  • Graphics Card:: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer


To see if your PC can handle the power of VR, you can also use the handy Oculus compatibility tool (direct link).

So there you have it, the retail Oculus Rift is mere months away. In terms of price and PC requirements it certainly doesn't seem like a mainstream device (well, initially at least), but anticipation for the unit is still riding high. And with the ship date changing from March to April and now May, the demand is certainly there.

UPDATE: With the internet naturally reacting to the Oculus Rift price-point, which came in the flavour of "By Jove! It's just too gosh darn expensive" Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to respond the concerns.






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HERMITech
Posted 06:28pm 11/1/16
Happy Birthday to me!!!!
Nmag
Posted 08:02pm 12/1/16
Tollaz0r!
Posted 08:33pm 12/1/16
I'm going to have to wait. I want eye tracking and I want the price to be a bit lower, Version 3 will be my pick.

PRO TIP:

NEVER EVER buy Version 1.0 Cybernetic implants, wait until at least version 2.
Khel
Posted 01:14am 13/1/16
Star wars battlefront would be cool to try on this, if support was added. Not really from a gameplay point of view, but just as an experience, cos like it or hate it you have to admit the game has gorgeous graphics and sound, flying around in a tie fighter or the falcon or Slave 1 or something from the c***pit view using vr would be a pretty damn cool star wars experience. Or driving speeder bikes on endorsed from first person and stuff like that. Not worth it from a gameplay point of view cos you'd get murdered by mouse and keyboard players, but if you could just load up a match full of bots and jump in using vr it could make for a pretty cool experience.

Still not worth $1000 though
Nmag
Posted 09:06pm 13/1/16
http://www.xwaupgrade.com/ most likely to be better for flying around. Might not be able to Slave, but can for Falcon from memory.

Probably can do Slave now. Games like that create communities that improve the games.

Heres something I read

I have used the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift CV1, PSVR, Gear VR and a few other VR devices many times.

HTC Vive is by far the most amazing and immersive VR experience. It is currently hands down the best hardware. It has that amazing moment you felt when you first played Wii Bowling. It feels like a game changer and you forget where you are.

Oculus Rift CV1 has very similar image quality and a lot of great games to play while seated with an Xbox controller. Probably better games library. Even with the Touch Controllers the positional tracking was limited to 4 ft and can lose tracking if the single camera can't see the controllers like behind the back.

Playstation VR isn't at the same quality level as the other 2 but it worked very well and the lower screen resolution wasn't noticeable one you got into the game. I think PSVR has the best chance to success but that depends on the price.

I have Pre-Ordered the Oculus Rift and I may cancel for the Vive. I wish I knew more about the Vive pricing and release dates. I just just can't wait too long. I also already own the Gear VR and love it for 3D movies.
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