If you haven’t jumped at the opportunity to finally pre-order a consumer edition of the Oculus Rift, chances are you’ll need to wait until June at the earliest to see the VR goggles shipped to your doorsteps.
But there might be a simple way to bypass the waiting, and get an important discount in the process. At the end of the day, you’ll spend a lot more than $600, as long as you’re in the market for both the virtual reality device and a compatible gaming PC.
Dell reportedly plans to start selling the Rift on its website very soon bundled with either the XPS 8900 or Alienware X51 desktop. Typically, the computers would fetch at least $1,200 apiece, while together with the VR headset, they’ll apparently cost $1,600.
No matter how you look at it, that’s a cool 200 bucks off the PC or head-mounted display (or $100 off each), which should take a bit of the sting out of the still extravagant purchase. Even better, the immersive packets will likely be delivered around the same time as the first batch of Oculus Rifts pre-ordered by themselves, i.e. in late March. Your move, HTC, Valve, and Sony.