There is a lot of excitement surrounding the launch of the Oculus Rift, but one key fact remains illusive. We still don’t quite know exactly how much the Rift ia going to cost us. That’s a metric that could make or break this system in a big way.
However, we have a new ‘ballpark’ number to consider thanks to Oculus CEO Brandon Iribe. As reported by Recode, Irbe spoke at the Code Conference saying that if you are starting from scratch and need a new gaming PC to go with it, the Oculus Rift will cost you around $1500. He later added he hopes to see that figure fall to $1000 at some point in the future.
Honestly, the price of a gaming PC is so variable, it’s hard to gain too much insight here. Was he talking about top end equipment going at retail price? Did he include a mouse, keyboard and monitor to this price? It’s hard to say. What’s for sure though is that price is significant, and it will surely scare off more than a few people as a headline story.
The price of VR is going to be important to the future of the devices. I want to see it take off, but at the same time, you can’t expect consumers en masse to pay upwards of $500 on a headset device. We will see…