855Oculus Rift, the Facebook-owned virtual reality (VR) headset has become officially available in the UK, as from today, 20th September 2016.
It marks the first time that UK consumers will be able to buy and demo the leading VR platform outside of the US. The headset is given a suggested retail price of £549 and it will be available from retailers John Lewis, Curry’s PCWorld, GAME, Harrods and online via Amazon.
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, the Oculus Rift will be available to demo at several retailers via the Live app and new locations to experience the Rift are being added every week.
Every Rift comes bundled with VR platformer Lucky’s Tale, along with hundreds of free 3D 360 videos and VR movies, plus access to a collection of made-for-VR games and experiences on the Oculus Store.
Demo titles at launch include The Climb, the Emmy award-winning VR film: Henry, the planetary experience: Farlands, and, what is billed as the ‘perfect introduction to VR.’ Oculus Dreamdeck.
Virtual reality is being heralded as the next computing platform and the rift already faces strong competition in the market with Sony and Microsoft, among others, set to launch VR headsets for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One. The Rift, however, already boasts more than 100 full-featured VR games and experiences and there are more than 30 new titles scheduled to launch this year including a VR version of Minecraft and sci-fi shooter, Damaged Core as well as the made-for-VR CCG: Dragon Front.
UK consumers can test their current PC with Oculus’ compatibility tool to make sure they have everything needed to power their Rift experience at https://ocul.us/compat-tool
For those requiring a new PC, the company has partnered with some manufacturers to offer Oculus Ready PCs, proven to deliver the highest VR performance available.
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