Hi, everyone! How are you guys? So, how many of you guys have been enjoying VR and VR games? I haven’t, but now you can because Oculus is extending their promotional discount for the Rift and its controllers. An Oculus spokesperson announced yesterday that the sale of their Rift & Touch bundle package is being extended beyond the initial six-week period. Originally supposed to end by August 21st, the promotion will last through to September, so if you’re looking to treat yourself before classes start up, take advantage of this deal!
When the Rift + Touch was first released at the beginning of the year, they cost a whopping $800 combined. However, in July, Oculus offered a ‘Summer of Rift’ sale, dropping the price of the headset and controller bundle to just $400. This massive discount is 50% what you might have paid six months ago, but once the sale is over, the price will return to $500. The drop lands the Rift in the same price range as the PS4 Pro ($400) and the pricier Xbox One X ($500). If you have these two consoles already, why not add the Rift? That way you can brag to your friends (and to me) about how awesome VR is. Here’s a Youtube review:
The Rift + Touch bundle, which originally shipped in two separate boxes, has been given a new all-in-one box that excludes the Oculus Remote and the Xbox One controller. So, what will you actually be receiving when you throw your money at this deal?
- Rift Headset
- Touch Controllers
- Two Sensors
- Two AA Batteries
- Oculus Sticker
- Lens Cloth
- Headphone Removal Tool
- Some Free Games
Oculus started as an independent company and started this project that raised $2.5 million on Kickstarter (so it definitely doesn’t belong on any list of “Kickstarter projects that failed”). I can’t imagine how excited they must have been to see the reception their project received! In March 2014, Oculus was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. Like it or not, Facebook is making bank.
It’d been a long 4 years of development with various different Rift models making their way into hands of consumers and tech reviewers, but the consumer version began shipping out on March 25, 2016. You can use it for a wide variety of purposes, but most people relate “the Oculus” to “VR games.” It can be used to watch movies (way better than 3D in theatres if you ask me). Oculus is also hoping for development of social apps with the system–imagine if you could “meet” friends from across the world using the system! The Oculus is so famous that even casinos have developed games and a basic casino experience that you can view through the Rift. It received really fantastic reviews on launch: 9/10 on IGN and 8/10 on The Verge.
I remember how, in elementary school, it seemed like virtual reality wasn’t going to happen for years. It seemed almost impossible as if it fit better in a world where everything was clean, white, and sterile. At least, that’s how they always portrayed it in the movies. It’s crazy to think about how much and how little our world has changed. If you look at photos, it doesn’t look very different! No flying cars, no sleek, uniform haircuts, no homogeneity. Still, just us humans, being bizarre and different. And yet now we have electric cars, and hoverboards, and drones, and VR. Virtual reality is definitely here to stay, and if properly handled, could probably become an integral part of our lives!
Oculus has designed the Rift to be playable with higher-end PCs. Make sure that when you take advantage of the ‘Summer of Rift‘ deal, your computer is compatible with the system. At first, you required at least an i5 4590 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon 290 video card. Now, though, the minimum specs are an i3 6100. GPUs can start from the NVIDIA GTX 960. If you’re a hardcore gamer, you’ll be lucky because you’ll probably meet the minimum requirements. But more casual gamers might feel frustrated because their computer isn’t strong enough.
There are a lot of free games available on the Rift, but you can also pay for different ones. One game that was recently announced would be available on the system is Rez Infinite. I don’t know about you, but it looks amazing to me! Rez Infinite is a musical shooter game that was initially released in 2001. I wonder what the VR experience will be like! I feel like if I played on a VR system, I would be screaming and running around like a maniac. I’m horrible about remembering that the things I play are just games. Heck, when I die in a game like League I’m screaming my head off, so I can’t imagine how badly I’d take the VR experience.
What about you guys? Do any of you have the Rift? Or are you interested in buying it? Let us know if the comments section or Tweet us @essjay_ent!