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Oculus Rift pre-orders open tomorrow

Update – Pre-orders are now live for the Oculus Rift, the cost being $599 not including postage. Read the full release announcement here.

The long-awaited Oculus Rift will finally go on sale tomorrow (6 January) on the Oculus website, with pre-orders open from 8am Pacific Time (4pm GMT), although most details won’t actually be released until then.

All of the important information, such as price and actual shipping dates, are still unknown, however CEO and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey will be doing a Reddit AMA to answer questions at the same time of pre-orders going live.

Previously only development kits have been available, but this is the start of an actual launch of the first Oculus Rift made available to the public.

What we do know about the public release is some recommended specs, which were announced earlier in the year, as follows:

  • 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

The whole rig, device and all with recommended specs, Luckey says, is to cost around $1500 total. This is for the “full Rift experience”, so you might be able to run the Rift with a slightly less powerful set up.

In addition, every Rift will come bundled with two games: Lucky’s Tale by Playful and EVE: Valkyrie if you pre-order. Lucky’s Tale is a specifically made for virtual reality, the developers of which have worked closely with Oculus over the last three years.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering, then make sure to check out the Oculus Rift website tomorrow. You will also find Luckey’s AMA on Reddit here when it’s posted.