More than we expected: the Oculus Rift is priced at R9,500

More than we expected - the Oculus Rift is priced

We love the Oculus Rift. Having tried it a few times, we know it works a treat, and that’s before the improved retail headset releases and many of developers keen on the idea of virtual reality (VR) begin working on VR titles in earnest.

There’s no doubt about it, it’s a great piece of tech, but you’re going to have to pay through the nose to get one.

Having gone on pre-order last night, we now know that it’ll set you back a sizeable $599 (R9, 500).

Analysts actually predicted that Oculus’ VR headset would sell five million units in its first year alone, but we’re not so sure anymore.

You’re also going to have to front the shipping costs, as well as import fees, because Oculus will not be shipping the Rift to SA, at least not initially. In fact, only 20 countries will have the Oculus shipped to them at launch.

The date of the Oculus’ launch, by the way, is March 28th for the first batch. Following that, you can expect them to arrive in April.

Should that not bother you, we’d recommend you follow Oculus’ advice and download their Rift compatibility tool. It’ll suss out your PC’s specifications and let you know if your rig can handle the headset.

Oculus Rift at home

After all, it has fairly high hardware requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

Video Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
CPU Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM
Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port (it seems that report was right on the money)
OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

NVIDIA goes so far as to suggest a GTX 980 as the minimum requirement for a 60 fps VR experience.

At least you get two free games with your Oculus Rift pre-order; that’s something.

To be fair, the Oculus Rift is by far and away the most advanced VR headset, and Oculus are actually selling their headsets at a loss.

Oculus’ founder Lucky Palmer has said as much, via Twitter, following complaints about the price.

You could always try selling the Xbox One controller the headset comes with, and make a little money back that way.


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  • Vorastra

    Yet Europe is getting nailed at EUR699.

  • Timothy

    I think irrespective of location, the Oculus Rift is going to cost a lot. Wait until local VAT takes a toll on the price. Yikes.

  • Qrox

    Probably going to be somewhere between R11k-R13K

  • Xonix

    voet…sssssek!

  • Trollsmite

    Keeping with my Google Cardboard then. what happened to the $200-$400 region? donners

  • KBP

    this project ….. a whole lotta nope for the average day to day gamer. just another niche product …. like a gold plated ferrari

  • Qrox

    Flew right out the window when Facebook bought Oculus.

  • oblivionImperialGuard

    You forgot to add the luxury tax. so maybe R15 K

  • Laurence Ben Ravenhill Merry

    Its a nothing short of a gimmick. For now.

  • Bjorn Olsen

    By the time I can afford this it will probably by R20 to the dollar and the Rift will cost double that

  • The Rift is more demanding than a communist dictatorship. It’s like they basically spec’d this device to run on exactly one type of PC, and now suddenly Dell and NVIDIA have the advantage of being the only Oculus-approved hardware at launch.

  • That Guy Jon

    It doesn’t support AMD CPUs it seems… Annoying…

  • TheRocketScientist

    Just another useless invention for couch potatoes. Others climb real mountains, drive real cars, play real sport or kick real ass!

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