January 6, 2016 2:14 pm
Updated: January 6, 2016 2:17 pm

New virtual reality headset Oculus Rift will set you back $599

Oculus Rift is officially available for pre-order.

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file

UPDATE: According to reports, Oculus Rift pre-orders have already sold out


After months of speculation, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is officially available for pre-order – but it will set you back US$599.

The company, which was bought by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, says the headsets will come with two video games, “Lucky’s Tale” by Playful and CCP’s “EVE: Valkyrie.”

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“When you put on Oculus, you’ll feel like you instantly teleported into adventures like deep-sea diving, piloting a starfighter or playing in a band on stage. More than 100 virtual reality games and other experiences are coming this year,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“Long term, I believe virtual reality has the potential to change the way we live, work and communicate in many ways. Today is an important step towards that future.”

But the Rift will require a fairly powerful computer. Oculus has set up a certification program so consumers can look for a sticker on PCs that support the Rift. Asus, Dell and Alienware will have certified models that cost less than $1,000. You can also run a diagnostic on the company’s website to see if your computer is compatible before pre-ordering it.

Those who pre-order the headset should receive it by the end of March.

But people aren’t very excited about the price tag.

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