Facebook’s Oculus prices Rift virtual reality headset at US$599 with first shipments due in March

Preorders started Wednesday but Hong Kong not on list of first 20 countries where it will be delivered

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 January, 2016, 1:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 January, 2018, 11:57am

Oculus, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, said the Rift, its much-awaited virtual reality headset, will retail for US$599.

The Rift will initially be shipped from March 28 to 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK and the United States, the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

However, the Oculus shopping cart displayed May as the expected shipping month.

Rift will also be available in limited locations at select retailers starting in April, according to the blog post.

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The Rift box will include the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, an Xbox One controller and an Oculus Remote, a new input device that helps users navigate through the Oculus store or explore video content.

The company also said that bundles that include an Oculus Ready PC and a Rift would be available for preorder in February starting at US$1,499.

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Oculus chief executive Brendan Iribe said in May that the Rift and the computer needed to run it were expected to cost around US$1,500.

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“More than 100 virtual reality games and other experiences are coming this year,” Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on the social networking site.

Oculus said on Monday that the Rift, which comes bundled with the games Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie, could be preordered from Wednesday.