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Oculus Rift for $599. Why it is so expensive?
The guy, probably, has excess $599 for points and $1500 for the PC

The other day the vendor of video points of Oculus Rift announced the cost of the consumer version of the device. As it appeared, $599 will cost a gadget. After announcement of the price many potential buyers were if are not shocked, then unpleasantly surprised precisely. All expected the price approximately in $350 — so much, how much is the version for the developer, DK2 dev kit.

Why it turned out so expensively? I will remind that it should be taken into account not so much the price of points, but also the cost of the PC which "will pull" functionality of the device — and it is about $1500 more. Gamers, of course, should not worry — their game PCs approximately so much and stand, and there will be enough performance with a stock (in most cases). But Oculus Rift can be used at all not only for games. Generally, it turned out expensively, to many — it is very expensive. And SEO of the company on Reddit tried to explain why the company asks such a lot of money.

All the matter is that the final version of video points received a set of new functions and opportunities. For example, it is advanced system of tracking of the head, earphones, the microphone, removable interfaces and new qualitative components.

Oculus Rift for $599. Why it is so expensive?

According to representatives of the company, reality such is that for ensuring complete comfort of the user of Oculus Rift it is necessary to use expensive components. And even in this case the company does not get profit at sale of devices.

The most costly point during creation of Oculus Rift are built-in OLED displays with high frequency updates and density of pixels. The exact system of tracking, mechanical system of adjustment which has to be simple, reliable and exact, and also difficult optics follows.

The same innovations that many users call useless, like the controller for Xbox One or hi-end of audio of earphones, not too affect the final price of the device. According to developers, the buyer receives a lot of things for $599, it is much more, than the buyer of phone at the similar price or the TV.

Plus to everything, the price will not fall over time. Perhaps, small decrease will be, but you should not expect considerable reduction in cost of Oculus Rift.

And here reaction of Notcha to news about the gadget price:

As for the recommended PC configuration for the consumer Oculus Rift version, it is such:
  • NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD 290 or more modern card;
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or newer processor;
  • 8GB + RAM;
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output;
  • 2x USB 3.0;
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer OS.

It is possible to use also not such powerful system and to play, for example, not on the maximum settings.

As for controllers for Oculus Rift, their price does not appear yet.
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