Now that we know the Oculus Rift will cost $600 and require a fairly high-end PC to get the most out of it, Alienware founder Frank Azor has revealed that his company will bundle the VR headset with an Alienware X51 gaming desktop – saving people money on the device.
Azor confirmed the PC/Rift package alongside Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. The Alienware chief said the $1200 X51 system would be available with the Rift for $1600 – saving buyers $200.
Azor suggested that buying this bundle would allow people to get their hands on a Rift faster than if they went through the Oculus site. Right now, the VR company gives June as an estimated shipping date for the device, but buyers of Alienware’s combo deal could be using a Rift as early as the end of March or beginning of April.
It’s worth pointing out that these PCs don’t come with any special software or other means of support for the Rift; they just contain the appropriate hardware and have been extensively tested to ensure they give the best Rift experience. The PC’s precise specifications are not yet known. Luckey did say that he would personally be playing all final builds of VR games on a GeForce GTX 970 GPU; considering that’s the card in Alienware’s $1200 X51 R3, it's likely to be the GPU that’s shipped in the Oculus bundle.
In addition to Alienware’s Oculus announcement, the company also showed off the new Alienware 13 – the world’s first OLED gaming laptop. This 13-inch machine has a 2560 X 1440 resolution and will be available with a GeForce GTX 960m or a 980m. The OLED technology gives brighter and more vivid colors, a broader viewing angle and allows the screen to refresh its pixels extremely quickly. The Alienware 13 should be available mid-April starting from $1499.