Oculus VR is now accepting pre-orders for the final, consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Each pre-order will come bundled with an Xbox One controller, the Oculus Remote (not to be confused with the Touch controllers) and two games, Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale. The first shipments are expected to go out on late March.
Ealier this week the company wrote this was going to be an exciting week for virtual reality. Oculus VR teased that founder Palmer Luckey would conduct a Reddit AMA, but failed to disclose how much the Rift would sell for until today when pre-orders went live.
Given the anticipation that's built up over the years, it's almost a given that pre-orders will be scooped up at a blistering pace. If you really want one, I'd recommend checking Oculus VR's website in advance and becoming very familiar with F5 (refresh) to give yourself the best chance of getting your order in. As of writing, shortly after the pre-orders opened the Rift was still shown as available but the shipping date had slipped to May.
Oculus also announced today the Rift will also be available in limited locations at select retailers starting in April. Current pre-orders are available to be shipped to the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.
Lucky's Tale is a third-person platform adventure game that we first saw at E3 in 2014. It follows a furry protagonist named Lucky that runs, jumps, spins and climbs his way through a colorful and unique world. Some have likened it to Super Mario 64, Nintendo's landmark adventure game that launched alongside the Nintendo 64.
Eve: Valkyrie broke cover at an Oculus event last June. Built from the ground up for virtual reality, Eve: Valkyrie from CCP Games is a multiplayer dogfighting shooter within the Eve Online universe that's also expected to be a launch title for Sony's PlayStation VR headset.
Virtual reality has been a dream of technology enthusiasts for decades. Although it has been tried in years past, the Rift's debut on Kickstarter in the summer of 2012 singlehandedly kicked off the modern virtual reality movement which now includes a number of major players such as HTC, Samsung, Sony and Facebook of course, current owner of Oculus.