Oculus CEO points to $1,500 figure for a VR capable PC

Posted on Thursday, May 28 2015 @ 13:42 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Oculus Rift VR headset will start shipping in Q1 2016 but the launch price is still somewhat of a mystery. Today, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe provided a hint by pointing to an all-in price of around $1,500 at most for a new VR-capable computer with a decent graphics card plus the Rift headset:
Today, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe gave the biggest hint yet of that price: a complete Rift system, including a computer that can power the experience, should cost about $1,500.

"We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range," Iribe said during an interview at the Re/code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
To have a good VR experience, Oculus recommends the following hardware specifications:
  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer
  • Depending on how you crunch the numbers this leaves a lot of wiggle room for the price of the Rift itself. Last September the firm suggested a $200 to $400 price range and it now seems they'll be targeting the upper end of that range, or perhaps even exceed it.

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    Source: ARS Technica

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