CES 2016: Oculus Rift ships March 28 at $599

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After years of waiting, we’re finally given a release date on the most anticipated gaming peripheral of the decade, Oculus Rift. March 28, 2016 is when first shipments of the $599 USD VR  headset will go out to mass consumers. You can go and pre-order your own now at Oculus.com. While we first assumed the peripheral would cost around $299 for just the base headset, our only current option is the box below.

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So what exactly is in this glorious box?
Rift includes the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, and an Xbox One controller. The controller is perfect for a variety of games, including Lucky’s Tale, the amazing VR platformer developed by Playful, that we’re including free with every Rift.

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Is your PC Oculus Ready? For the full Rift experience, Oculus reccomends the following PC system:

  • 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

For the unprepared, don’t fret. Bundles including an Oculus ready PC and Rift will be up for pre-order in February starting at $1499

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While we don’t have the specs on these PCs just yet, we’ll keep you updated with the latest over the course of CES 2016.

Some games for the Rift at launch include:

  • Minecraft (Shortly after launch)
  • Eve Valkyrie
  • Lucky’s Tale
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