Oculus Rift 2016 Pre-Orders Now Available; PC Bundles, Release Date & Prices

2016 is a good year for gamers. First, the Oculus Rift was made available early on in January. Now the official company blog has announced that pre-orders are available on Oculus Ready PCs starting February 16 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time. Also those who have already ordered the Rift get a special price.

We’re excited to introduce the first Oculus Ready PCs and all new Rift bundles from ASUS, Alienware, and Dell – pre-orders start February 16!

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The machines which are available from Dell, ASUS and Alienware will be shipped to only selected countries, reveals They are available for purchase from Amazon, Best Buy and Microsoft Store to start with and are priced between AU$1,400–3,700 (US$1,000–2,600).

These PCs are capable of running the Oculus Rift. They are bundled with the device and its peripherals, including a sensor, remote, Xbox One controller, and two games via EVE: “Valkyrie Founder’s Pack” and “Lucky’s Tale”. The PCs can also be purchased separately.

The Verge informs that the bundled machines are all high-end gaming devices. The cheapest is the ASU tower priced approximately at AU$1,499 (US$1,049). It features an Intel Core i5 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, and 8GB of memory. Everything just goes sky high from here. The most expensive bundle is offered by Alienware. The Alienware Area 51 PC is priced close to AU$3,600 (US$2,549) and features the Intel Core i7, 16GB of memory, and a GTX 980 graphics card explains The Verge.

While the Oculus Rift will be shipping to at least a 20 countries in March this year, the PC bundles will start shipping in April.

The Oculus Rift announced early this year is packaged in a box that consists of the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, an Xbox One controller and the Oculus remote, states the company blog. The Oculus remote is equipped to help users with easy navigation through the Oculus store, Oculus Video and explore through a host of VR games and entertainment.

The company is also offering a downloadable compatibility tool to check if your current PC meets the requirement to give you the full Rift experience.

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