Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, or are just not super tech savvy, I am sure you have at least heard of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset which is launching in March of this year. The Oculus Rift has been in development for over four years now and has had successful funding from KickStarter backers beginning in2012 with the Oculus Rift Developer Kit 1(DK1). The initial release of the Oculus Rift DK1 retailed for a little over $350.00 on KickStarter and allowed backers of the project to get their own Oculus Rift DK1 unit for testing and creating virtual reality content. After the success of the KickStarter campaign, the Oculus Rift built a strong name for itself winning awards at various technology conferences from E3 to CES.
Beginning earlier in the year, Oculus VR announced that it would begin taking pre-orders for the Oculus Rift Consumer Version 1 (CV1). Pre-orders can be placed on the Oculus Rift shop, and are currently selling for $599.00 plus shipping and any applicable taxes. The Oculus Rift will ship with an Xbox One controller, the VR headset, and a tracking component that would plug into your computer to let the Oculus Rift know when you move your head. The sensors in the VR headset talk to the tracking unit that is plugged into your computer via USB to keep an accurate location on what should be displayed as you move your head up and down, as well as right and left. The Oculus Rift is also shipping with two free games, EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale. The Oculus Rift will also ship with the Oculus Remote, not to be confused with the Oculus Touch which will allow you to use your hands to interact with objects in games going forward. The Oculus Remote is used more to navigate the Oculus store and explore 360 degree video content.
Also just announced today is the ability to pre-order Oculus Rift computers with the Oculus Rift. Being that the Oculus Rift is basically a high end peripheral for your computer, you do need a fairly modern and decent gaming rig to be able to take full advantage of the Oculus Rift. As such, Oculus VR is also creating PC bundle packages which will ship a certified PC along with the Oculus Rift headset. These bundles include everything needed to enter into an immersive virtual reality world. Each bundle comes with a gaming PC made by either Dell, Alienware, or ASUS along with everything included with the Oculus Rift pre-order bundle. These PC bundles starts at $1,499.00 and can go all the way up to $3,149.00 depending on the computer you choose for your bundle. Based on shipping estimates, if you pre-order the Oculus Rift and PC bundle today, you can expect your unit sometime around April 23, 2016. This is also a good way to get your Oculus Rift sooner, as if you pre-order just the Oculus Rift today, you probably will not get it until sometime in July.
If the $599.00 pre-order for the Oculus Rift is still a little too rich for your blood, we did come across http://www.oculusriftgiveaway.com which is holding a contest whereby contestants can win an Oculus Rift VR headset. The giveaway seems fairly simple based on the tutorial video we watched. All you need to do is enter the free giveaway and you earn points by doing simple tasks such as liking a Facebook page or tweeting about the giveaway. The tutorial broke down ways to earn upwards of a thousand points each day which would qualify you for the free Oculus Rift within under a week. If you want to learn how you can win a free Oculus Rift, be sure to check out that giveaway today!