The virtual takes one step closer to reality today, as Oculus opens pre-orders for its long-touted Oculus Rift headset. Customers will be able to put their name and money down for the device at 4pm GMT.
While the price and final release date won’t be revealed until then, Oculus has confirmed that anyone who backed its original Kickstarter campaign at the $275 tier or above — that is, enough to get one of the original developer kit Rifts — will be getting a retail unit for free.
Both backers and new buyers of Oculus Rift will have a couple of games to get started with — third-person platformer Lucky’s Tale, and immersive space shooter EVE: Valkyrie. Eager customers may want to make sure their PCs are up to spec for running virtual reality first, though.
Oculus has previously announced that its Oculus Touch controllers, which allow a more tactile interaction with virtual worlds, will be delayed until the “second half of 2016”. Expect the peripherals to have their own pre-order scheme ahead of release, too.
The delay on the controllers is disappointing, especially since WIRED found them to be pretty great in our E3 2015 hands on, although Oculus promise refinements and improvements in the final release. The company has a race on its hands though — rival HTC is planning to launch its Vive VR headset, including controllers, around April. Whether Oculus Rift will still come with an Xbox One controller, as announced in June 2015, remains to be seen.
This story will be updated as pre-order details become available