Oculus Rift and PC Bundles Unveiled

Oculus Rift and PC Bundles Unveiled
On Tuesday, Oculus introduced the first "Oculus Ready PCs" and announced a pre-order date for PC-Rift bundles.

"Today we're excited to introduce the first Oculus Ready PCs from ASUS, Alienware, and Dell!" said Oculus VR in a blog post on the new PCs. "These PCs have been battle tested and certified by Oculus to deliver an incredible Rift experience. We're also thrilled to announce that starting February 16 at 8am Pacific Time, you can pre-order Oculus Ready PC and Rift bundles from Best Buy, Amazon, and the Microsoft Store, starting at $1499 USD for a limited time only." The PCs are all gaming devices with high-end specifications including impressive graphics cards. The cheapest bundle includes the ASUS G11CD which retails for $1,049 on its own and $1,499 bundled with the Oculus Rift headset. The ASUS G11CD packs an Intel i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, and 8 GB of memory. The most expensive Rift-ready PC bundle is the Alienware Area 51 which features an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 980 graphics card, and 16 GB of memory. The Alienware Area 51 PC is priced at $2,549 on its own and $3,150 bundled with the Oculus Rift. Those who have already pre-ordered Rift can purchase these PCs at a discount starting February 16. Users can also check to see if their current PCs are ready for Rift using the Oculus compatibility tool.

Oculus opened pre-orders for its Rift headset over the weekend. The new headset is available for $599 on Oculus's own website and will ship to "20 countries/regions" at the end of March. "Rift includes the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, and an Xbox One controller. The controller is perfect for a variety of games, including Lucky's Tale, the amazing VR platformer developed by Playful, that we're including free with every Rift," said Oculus. "Rift also includes the Oculus Remote." The headset will start shipping March 28 and will be available at select retailers as of April.

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