Releasing at a hotly controversial £499, the Oculus Rift and the face of VR is almost here – so here’s everything you need to know:
What’s In The Box?
Rift includes the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, and an Xbox One controller.
All Rift pre-orders include access to EVE: Valkyrie through the Founder’s Pack, which will include exclusive in-game content, founder status in Valkyrie, and much more. Details about everything included in the EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack will be revealed soon via Oculus. Every Rift also comes shipped with Lucky’s Tale, the VR platformer developed by Playful.
Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie are just two titles you’ll be able to play when Rift launches — alongside dozens of full-length, AAA games designed for VR, with more than 100 titles available by the end of 2016, including Minecraft!
Rift also includes the Oculus Remote. The Oculus Remote is a new input device designed to make it simple and intuitive to navigate VR experiences. With Remote, you can easily browse the Oculus store, explore 360 video content in Oculus Video, or experience a wide range of VR games and entertainment. It is the easiest way to introduce non-gamers to VR.
(When you pre-order Rift, you’ll also put yourself in line for Touch pre-orders later this year.)
Is your PC Oculus Ready?
For the full Rift experience, you’ll need the following PC system – and be aware, this kind of rig doesn’t really come cheap:
• Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
• Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
• Memory: 8GB+ RAM
• Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
• Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
• Operating system: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
Oculus are also starting to certify ‘Oculus Ready PCs’ and will be putting that sticker on partnered hardware that can run the headset, beginning in February 2016. Bundles that include an Oculus Ready PC and a Rift will be available for pre-order in February starting at a massive $1499.
(Oculus has also released a handy Oculus Compatibility Tool to check whether your current system is ready for VR)