Oculus Rift can now be pre-ordered for £499 (before shipping)

Oculus Rift pre-orders are now live, and located here , when the Oculus site can handle the surge of demand. Expect problems in loading for the time being.

Once you do get the page to load, you may want to brace your wallets — the Oculus Rift is priced at $599.99 (£410) for American buyers, and that’s before tax and shipping. Statements made by Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey last October indicated that it might not be too much more expensive than the $350 developer kits. “We’re roughly in that ballpark,” Luckey said, “but it’s going to cost more than that.”

He wasn’t lying, although $250 more is likely higher a leap than many were expecting. For us unlucky Brits, it’s even higher — enter a UK address, and the price shifts to £499.

Thankfully, the update on the Oculus Rift product page fills in a few blanks on the hardware. The VR headset will indeed come with an Xbox One controller, and the two announced games — Lucky’s Tale for all purchases, and EVE Valkyrie for pre-orders.

If the price seems a little high, you at least have time to save up. Luckey tweeted that the pre-order scheme won’t be charging customers until it ships.

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Oculus Rift

Oculus has provided a first-look at what its debut VR headset will look like

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This story will be updated as pre-order details become available

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