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Oculus Rift VR headset price, release date window, pre-orders revealed

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The retail Oculus Rift will soon be in the hands of consumers, and now the company behind it has revealed the virtual reality headset bundle’s pricepoint.

The Oculus Rift will retail for $599, and is now available for pre-order on the Oculus website. That cost will net purchasers the Rift VR headset, a sensor, a remote, cables, an Xbox One controller, and two pack-in games to play — EVE Valkyrie and Lucky’s TaleValkyrie is a space dogfighting game, putting players in the cockpit of their own virtual intergalctic ship, while Lucky’s Tale is a platformer game reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. and Banjo-Kazooie.

Those who pre-order will be given an expected ship window (expectations for earlier pre-orders estimated a March shipping date; as of now, the expectation is April). Players can also download a compatibility tool before checking out to see if their Windows PC is capable of running Oculus or if upgrades will be required. The Oculus Rift Touch controllers were previously delayed to the second half of 2016.

Those who backed the Oculus Rift on Kickstarter pledged $300 or more to obtain a development kit of the VR hardware. Sony is also expected to release PlayStation VR in 2016, though a release date and price have not been revealed. Check out trailers for the two pack-in Oculus titles below.