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Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets likely to cost more than £300, CEO says


The Army is using the Oculus Rift headset

The Army is using the Oculus Rift headset

The Army is using the Oculus Rift headset

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets are expected to cost more than £300 — and that is before gamers buy the high-spec PCs that will be required to run them.

Previous indications from the Facebook-owned company had suggested that the headsets would cost about $350, or £230. But its CEO Brendan Iribe has said that players will spend about $1500, or £975, on the headset and a computer to use it with, likely putting the cost of the headset along about $500, or £325.

“Over time, we’d like it to get to $1,000 or less, as we get to the next generation of VR,” CNET reported Iribe saying at conference in California. His remarks referred to the combination of the headset and its PC.

Oculus is expected to say more about its headsets at an event on June 11, which will be held in San Francisco. The company is advertising the event with the tagline “Step into the Rift”, which could mean that it will be showing off early builds of the consumer version of the headset.

While Oculus Rift has become almost synonymous with virtual reality, its release date means that it could be beaten to the market by competitors. HTC’s Vive, for instance, is due to be released before the end of this year.

Source: Independent

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