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Oculus Rift will cost $599, ETA March

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Final Oculus Rift

Update: It appears that the first batch of Rifts has already sold out, with the estimated ship date now sitting in May.

Original: Oof—$599. And that's before tax. The Oculus Rift is now available to preorder (opens in new tab) and includes the headset and motion-tracking sensor, the Oculus remote (which will be useful for recovering from next-generation jump scares), an Xbox One controller and, of course, Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale (opens in new tab). The estimated ship date is March, and preordering also puts you on the waiting list for Touch controllers later this year.

That is a substantial bundle of stuff and, if I take deep breaths while wishing my savings ran a little deeper, I feel that it's likely worth the cost. Perhaps it's even generous, but it's not a sceptic-converting, non-high-end-PC-owner-convincing, mostly-Facebook-subsidised price point. Uptake will be fascinating to watch, and I'll bet those who pledged for a DK1 on Kickstarter will be feeling pretty happy (opens in new tab) about now.