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Oculus Rift Price Bomb Dropped by CEO



/ 2 years ago

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The most anticipated gaming hardware of possibly the decade has been flaunted in front of consumers since early development. What hasn’t been so widely shared is the price; which is seemly odd considering how close the release is.

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe dropped the biggest hint, stating that a Rift headset and a computer powerful enough to drive it would cost in the region of $1,500 (£1,000). “We are looking at an ‘all-in’ price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range,” Iribe stated at the Re/code conference.

We know what the specifications are, so what about prices. If we use OverclockersUK for current prices and work out the remaining cost for the headset.

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

A quick price tot up, using the cheapest non-stated products such as the motherboard, comes in at around $900 (£600). This leaves a pretty healthy $600 (£400) for the rift itself. This may come as a shock considering the most recent price estimate in September 2014 was between $200 to $400; does this new price include possible inflation or possibly the hiring out to an external company for product? I guess we will find out in a few months.

I can’t wait for the Oculus Rift now, I recently tried the newest Crescent Bay unit and I was very impressed. What are your thoughts on the pricing? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.


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  • Initial pricing may be in the $600ish range but I doubt seriously that it stays there long.

  • Porkalicious

    didn’t they say that the rift will be 500 dollars too? Could’ve sworn I read that before.

  • grumpytrooper

    shame really as before FB bought OR the price of the Rift was going to be about $300 (£200) but now it seems that profit margin is getting in the way of Palmers dream………

    I will wait and see what the actual cost will be before I make a purchasing decision.

  • Melissa Hicks

    Seems to me you are speculating on the “combined cost.” If I was buying an Oculus, you could be damned sure I wouldn’t buy the cheapest compatible computer to go with it.