Virtual reality in the home is even closer to reality.
Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift opened on Wednesday for regular consumers. In addition, the retail price of the device was also revealed.
The unit itself, which sits directly on the users head, will cost consumers $600. It will also require a high-powered PC in order to be fully utilized. A PC that includes four USB ports — three of which being USB 3.0 –, a graphics card that is equal or higher than Nvidia GTX 970 or the AMD R9290, 8GB of Ram and an Intel i5 or greater. An Xbox One controller is also needed to play the games.
If you want to pre-order the device, you can do so on the official Oculus website. The company has promised that the device will not sell out, ensuring that anyone who wants it can buy it.
Personally, I’ve viewed virtual reality as a fad that will die out quickly, much like the 3D TV. With such a high price point, the average consumer won’t be able to even afford the device. If a dent is truly to be made, then the price will have to come down much sooner than later.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Oculus.