CES was a big event for Oculus VR, the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The Facebook-owned company said it would begin shipping products on March 28 to original Kickstarter backers with a price set at $599. The preorders sold out, and Oculus is scrambling to make more.
No price has been set for the Oculus Rift, though it is expected to cost $350 or more which was the price of the latest Oculus Rift development kit. Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey will be holding a Reddit IAmA on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (PST) to answer any questions. The Consumer Electronics Show 2016 is being held this week, and more news on the VR headset is expected to come.
The price tags have caused consternation, with many taking to Twitter to express their dismay. But according to William McMaster, head of VR at the London-based company Visualise, the Oculus release is a pivotal moment. It is a template for what VR headsets are going to be like in the future for everybody,” he says comparing it to the release of the first Macintosh computer. And VR-based media is already hitting the mainstream: beyond fuelling a new wave of games, artists such as Björk have been quick to embrace the technology for music videos – indeed, in September Taylor Swift and her team scooped an Emmy award for their offering AMEX Unstaged: The Taylor Swift Experience.
The Oculus Rift is not the only VR experience consumers can expect to get to grips with this year: HTC is set to launch the commercial version of its headset, Vive, in April while Sony’s PlayStation VR is also scheduled for release in 2016. For those with a lower budget both Google cardboard and Gear VR, a joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Oculus, are already available, using your phone to created a virtual world. But, says, McMaster, the Oculus Rift is the top of the line, sort of Ferrari” when it comes to VR headsets. What the Oculus Rift can do as a piece of technology is something that a cheap VR headset will be able to do in a couple of years,” he says.
The oculus rift is only available from , starting for pre order on January 6th. As the VR ecosystem hits the market and matures, Alienware continues to work with Oculus to enable as many sales channels as possible and we look forward to a point in time in the future when a consumer can purchase an entire Oculus Ready solution from Dell or Alienware directly.
Step 2: Use the coupon that will come to you via email and redeem it when purchasing a system on System delivery time will vary, but you can expect your PC to arrive ahead of your Oculus Rift headset – plenty of time to get it set-up and prepared for your future VR experience, although you should check you individual order status for specific delivery dates.