Facebook’s Oculus Rift, one of the most immersive VR experiences for PC owners alongside the HTC Vive, is being released in the UK in September 2016. Here’s everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift including the UK price and release date, how to pre-order, and where to try out a demo of the Oculus Rift before purchase.
What is the Oculus Rift?
The Oculus Rift is a premium VR experience for PC owners. By connecting the Oculus Rift to your desktop or laptop computer (as long as they have a compatible graphics card; see further down the page for more details), you can play immersive VR games and watch VR movies in the comfort of your own home.
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What is the Oculus Rift UK price and release date?
The Oculus Rift will officially launch in the UK on September 20. From that date it will be available to buy direct from the company as well as from a selection of UK stores and websites, including Amazon.co.uk, John Lewis, GAME and Curry’s PC World. The UK asking price for the Oculus Rift is £549.
What is the Oculus Rift European price and release date?
The Oculus Rift will also launch in Europe and Canada on September 20. The asking price is €699.
You can buy it from Amazon.fr and FNAC in France; Amazon.de, MediaMarkt and Saturn in Germany.
Where can I pre-order the Oculus Rift and what do I get with it?
If you’re dead set on bagging yourself an Oculus Rift then you can pre-order it right now, here in the UK.
Every Rift comes with a free copy of VR platformer game Lucky’s Tale, plus access to hundreds of free 3D 360-degree movies, videos and games on the Oculus Store.
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How can I try out a demo of the Oculus Rift?
If you live in the UK, Europe or Canada then you’ll have the chance to test out the Oculus Rift yourself over the next few weeks. That’s because the Oculus Rift will be available in special demo locations across several countries. Check the Oculus Live page to see where your nearest location is.
In addition, you’ll have the chance to demo Oculus Rift in more than 600 stores across the States, Canada and Europe later in the year, once the VR headset goes on sale.
Demo titles that you’ll have the chance to check out include the heart-pounding The Climb, space explorer Farlands and a lovely VR short movie called Henry, narrated by everyone’s favourite movie cannibal Elijah Wood.
How can I check if my PC is compatible with Oculus Rift?
You can quickly and easily run Oculus’ nifty PC tester to see if your current PC has the power to run Oculus Rift. This checks your hardware and lets you know if an upgrade is needed.