Just how lucrative can it be to support a massively promising Kickstarter project from day one with your heart, soul… and hard-earned money? Very, as far as the Oculus Rift VR goggles are concerned, since folks who pledged as little as $300 for the original development kit back in 2012 scored both the virtual reality prototype and a free pass to the $600 consumer edition.
That’s pretty bad news for everyone else who toyed with the idea of jumping on the VR bandwagon, but hoped a solid gaming PC and $400 tops would be enough to welcome the future of computing in their lives.
Even at six full Benjamins however, the finished, finally polished Oculus Rift looks like a blockbuster in the making, literally just going on pre-order stateside, and already pushing its “expected ship date” from March to April and subsequently May.
Delivery estimates are essentially as distant elsewhere too, with the headset officially priced at £499 in the UK, and £699 in EU markets. The bundle on sale worldwide includes the actual head-mounted display, an Oculus Remote, sensor, cables, Xbox One Controller, and complimentary copies of EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale.
If it feels like something important is missing, well, that’s exactly the case, but the Touch Controller will itself be available in a few months… at an unspecified premium. Overall, the full Rift experience appears to cost a small fortune, though on the bright side, you don’t have to wait and see if the HTC Vive gets hit by another delay.
There’s also the Sony PlayStation VR alternative, which pairs with a lower-cost PlayStation 4 console instead of a desktop, and the no-name but rather intriguing 3Glasses option. Your call.