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First Oculus Ready PCs and Rift Bundles revealed, starting at R23 744

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Last month marked the opening of pre-orders for the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) headset. Along with the announcement of the retail price of the headset ($500 or R9500) came the promise that Oculus would reveal their upcoming PC bundles, which include the Rift headset. Today Oculus delivered on their promise, as the details of the first PCs which form a part of the official Oculus Ready bundle line are out and will start at a price tag of $1,499 (R23,744 current exchange rate). 

Stepping into the Rift will be an expensive experience, not only because of the headsets standalone price but rather due to the fact that the VR gear will require a high-performance PC to run on. Here are the current specs for the Rift's system requirements:

  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

In accordance with the specs, it was revealed last month that the percentage of [current] PC gamers that meet the Rift’s requirements is lower than 10%. For plenty of people, this may mean that buying a brand new PC, which fits the requirements of the VR headset, is the only option. 

Low-end Oculus Ready PCs

(Please note prices reflected as at the time of writing).

At the bottom of the Oculus Ready line, sits the following PCs:

  • ASUS G11CD 
  • Alien Ware X51 R3
  • Dell XPS 8900 SE

The above all narrowly make the cut as all the towers will run a Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and Intel i5 processors. When bundled in with the Rift the low-end Oculus Ready PCs will set you back between $1499 (R23,765.75) to $1599 (R25388.04). 

High-End Oculus Ready PC

At the high end of the line, the Oculus Ready Alienware Area 51 has a Nvidia GTX 980, 16GB of RAM, and an i7 processor for a whopping $2,549 (R40471.62), which is the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).  

All Oculus Ready bundles include an Oculus-certified PC and everything that comes with the Rift: 

  • The headset 
  • Sensor
  • Remote 
  • Xbox One controller 
  • EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack
  • Lucky’s Tale. 

While the Oculus Rift headset will begin shipping March 28th, these bundles look to be coming a little later. Amazon and Best Buy both give shipping dates of April 23rd, and Oculus says that the preorders will ship to "select countries" in "limited quantities" that month. 

For those early shoppers who already preordered an Oculus Rift headset when presales started in January, the company says similar discounts on PC hardware will be available: "For those who've already pre-ordered Rift, you'll be able to purchase discounted Oculus Ready PCs in select countries and regions. 

While these offers are based on US prices, you can expect a slight hike when the Oculus Rift Ready towers make their way to the South African market.

[Source- Oculus]

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