While the Oculus Rift has made strides as an impressive PC based VR device, the price of the device is a bit higher than most people were anticipating.
First off, the device itself will run $599. You’ll need a PC that matches the minimum specs set forth by Oculus, which will run at least $499. Then there are the Touch controllers – if you want the full experience – which will run $199. The Touch controllers are bundled with VR Sports Challenge and The Unspoken.
Also debuting will be full room VR, which will require additional sensors, priced at $79 each. The sensors and the controllers will be released December 6th.
That brings our total to over $1,300… and that’s without any additional games.
Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe spoke about the new, lower minimum specs for Oculus. Using new technology called Asynchronous Spacewarp or ASW, the lower end computer can now run a smooth 45 frames per second and then the technology will make up for the lower frame rate as it runs.
Those minimum specs, by the way, are as follows:
- Nvidia 960 or greater
- Intel i3-6100 / AMD FX4350 or greater
- 8GB+ RAM
- Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
- Windows 8 or newer
One such low-end PC that Iribe introduced was an AMD-powered PC built by Cyberpower. That machine is priced at the aforementioned $499.
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook, which purchased Oculus back in 2014 for $2 billion – also stepped up to talk about some of Oculus’ potential uses and future endeavors including a standalone VR set that is self-sufficient and needs no connections to a PC or console, and the ability to use VR for social apps. The social app enables users to create animated avatars of themselves that have situation appropriate facial expressions and animations that bring the characters to life in real time.
Other developers are looking to produce VR entertainment such as movies:
— kate oppenheim (@kateo1184) October 6, 2016
For more thoughts on Oculus and some of the upcoming games, including Rick and Morty VR, check out Zore Games video: