This week, normal everyday humans with some cash to burn will be able to purchase their chunk of the virtual reality dream Facebook spent $2 billion on almost two years ago. Or at least, they’ll be able to officially reserve their chunk.
The Oculus Rift headset will be available for pre-sale starting Jan. 6. Oculus, the VR company Facebook purchased for an obscene amount of money in 2014, posted the info about the pre-sale on its blog, but curiously left out two pretty important pieces of information that potential customers might find necessary: first, what the Rift will actually cost; and second, when it’ll actually be available.
The company said last year at the Oculus Connect 2 convention in Los Angeles the Rift would be available in the spring of 2016, but there’s no hard-and-fast release date yet. And as for cost, well, there’s only speculation—developer kits to create software for the Rift have been going for about $300, and Oculus previously said the headset will be in the $200-$400 range. Oh, and you’ll need a decent PC to be able to run anything on it, so if you’re still using an old Dell with Windows Vista, expect to spend an extra $1,000 or so on a new rig.
On the plus side, the Rift comes will include two games: Lucky’s Tale, a cute game about a cartoon fox, and EVE: Valkyrie, a slick spaceship dogfighting game. And Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is taking to Reddit at 6 p.m. Pacific Wednesday and “answering all your questions” about pre-orders. Hopefully someone will think to ask how much you’ll have to pay for one.