Oculus Rift pre-orders open on Wednesday, but still no price

Prepare for the most immersive experience of buying a virtual reality headset ever created. Oculus announced that it will open pre-orders for its very first consumer-ready Rift virtual reality headset at 8 am PST / 6 pm GMT on Wednesday. The company says it will share "everything you need to know to order your Rift" that day.

One of those need-to-know details is apparently price, because Oculus still won't say how much the final unit will cost. Company founder Palmer Luckey said in October that you should expect it to cost cost more than the $350 development kits, though he noted that it would still be somewhere in that "ballpark." Hopefully not quite second mortgage material, then. For more context, Sony has said that PlayStation VR will cost roughly as much as a new console all by itself.

Every Oculus Rift pre-order will include a free copy of space barrel rolling sim EVE: Valkyrie, while every headset (pre-order or no) will come with cartoony platformer Lucky's Tale and an Xbox One gamepad. Oculus has been leading the charge for virtual reality hype for years, so I'd expect the first round of Rift pre-orders to go fast. Best to check in early and often if you're interested - hopefully there's enough time to glance at the price tag before clicking "buy."

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.