The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has gone on general sale, marking the first time that the general public can buy the device that many think could bring virtual reality to the masses. Like the standard consumer one, it'll come bundled with two games; Lucky's Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. While many blanched at the cost and Europeans erupted over an even higher price, creator Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to defend the device's high price by pointing out it could be even higher.
In addition to the The Vive by HTC, Sony will also release its own VR headset.
Yesterday, the founder of Oculus Rift says that pre-orders won't sell out.
Available for pre-ordering through Oculus.com, the Rift is initially set to ship to 20 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, Japan and Australia.
You can pre-order now from the Oculus shop, where orders are limited to one per customer.
Pre-orders are now open for the Oculus Rift, and it'll cost you $600 / £500 / €700.
Purchased by Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, Oculus has been developing both the Rift and another virtual-reality device, the Gear VR, which works with several kinds of Samsung smartphones.
But people aren't very excited about the price tag. This one won't require a gaming PC but you will need a PlayStation 4, which is relatively affordable. This is the year that Virtual Reality becomes the next big thing in videogames or at least embarrasses itself while trying to, like your drunk uncle trying to dance to Las Ketchup's Asereje at your sister's wedding reception.
For people who are pre-ordering the Oculus Rift, the fact that the game is being prepared for release should catch their interest.
"VR holds the promise of changing e-commerce significantly", Gownder noted. "But VR can reproduce brick-and-mortar shopping experiences realistically, then superimpose digital information on top".