Still thinking about going VR? Well, as a matter of fact, you now have one more reason to try to buy your first virtual reality headset, as Facebook, the owner of the popular Oculus Rift, has recently announced that it intends to lower the market price for its units. As of right now, you will be able to purchase your first Oculus Rift bundle for a meager $598.
Tech junkies and gamers rejoice, for the almighty Facebook has decided to bestow upon you the gift of virtual reality at a lower price. As part of a new market campaign which operates under the “VR in each home” moniker, Facebook has revealed its plans to overtake Sony, its arch nemesis on the VR market.
Recent press statements show that the company is well aware that although the perspective of going VR is more than enticing, the unit’s high price is a turn off for many customers. However, Facebook has decided to rectify this mistake and, as a result, they’ve cut down the price of the Oculus Rift Bundle from $800 to $598.
Furthermore, as part of the same war on prices, Facebook announced that the unit’s controllers can now be purchased for $99 each instead of $199.
Well, it isn’t much of a change considering that PlayStation’s VR costs only 400 bucks, but it’s still a big leap in the right direction. Facebook said that the improvement logistics chains and manufacturing techniques might, in fact, bring down the unit’s cost even furthermore. However, we have a long way to go before we see an Oculus Rift bundle at an affordable price.
Meanwhile, the company is also focusing on expanding the headset’s gaming library. Taking into account that PlayStation VR has already won the hearts and minds of players with titles like Mario VR or Halo, Oculus will certainly have a hard time adjusting.
Not to discourage those who have been saving to buy an Oculus Rift, but you will find that games offer is somewhat poor compared to PlayStation VR. However, the company plans to release one new VR-ready game each month.
Bottom line: yes, there is hope to buy a VR headset without having to rob a bank or sell one of your kidneys, but you will need to be patient. Meanwhile, if you still planning on making your move, you might want to take a look at your machine’s specs to make sure it will be able to run the VR headset.
Oculus Rift Minimum Specs:
- Processor: Intel i3-610 or AMD FX 4350.
- Memory: at least 8 GB.
- Video Card: AMD RX470, AMD R9 390, AMD R9 290, GTX 1050, GTX 960 or higher.
- OS: Windows 10, X64.
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