After taking so much time to arrive, the Oculus Rift is here and available for Pre-order for $599. Though quite expensive when compared to other VR headsets ( Gear VR, Google Cardboard or the HTC VIVE), it promises a virtual reality experience unlike ever seen before.
Being one of the first consumer-ready virtual reality head-mounted devices (when it was first proposed through a Kickstarter campaign), the device is built using OLED displays that have a resolution of 1080×1200 per eye (2160×1200), a high refresh rate of 90Hz and a wide field of view.
The expensive toy is already available for pre-order but using it also requires a high-end PC with pumped up specs.
PC REQUIREMENTS FOR OCULUS RIFT
Processor: Intel core i5-4590 Haswell or better
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970/ AMD Radeon 290 or better
Ram: 8GB at least or more
Ports: Two USB Type 3.0 ports and, at least, one HDMI 1.3
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later ( OS X and Linux planned)
Storage: At least 512GB or more
Given graphic power required to merge virtual reality with actual real life environments, the company has collaborated with well-known PC manufacturers to build high-specced computers that are certified to handle such graphics demands.
The PC hardware manufacturers are DELL, ALIENWARE and ASUS. The Rift headset will come bundled with said PCs at a starting price of $1,499 when pre-ordered and those that already ordered the headset will get a discount if they want the PC.
Currently, the device can only work with Windows-powered computers. Oculus also mentioned that they proposedly paused porting the VR software it to Linux and OS X to devote more time to providing high-quality consumer-level experience after its launch.
Pre-order bundle includes One Oculus Rift headset, One PC, a remote control, an XBOX One controller, and two games.