February 9, 2016 4:39pm
Update 02/09/16: Oculus has confirmed to us that Oculus Ready PC bundles will be available in Canada in April.
While the retail version of the Oculus Rift won’t officially launch until March, the Facebook-owned company has already revealed a preorder date for bundles that include an “Oculus Certified” PC along with the Rift.
On February 16th at 11 a.m. ET, Amazon, the Microsoft Store and Best Buy will begin accepting pre-orders for Oculus ready PC bundles from various manufacturers. It’s currently unclear if the same retailers will carry these bundles in Canada. Bundles will range from $1,499 USD (approximately $2,081 CAD) to $3,000 USD (about $4,169 CAD).
With shipping included, the Oculus Rift costs $914 CAD. The VR headset’s first pre-orders are set to begin shipping to customers on March 28th.
The lowest end Asus PC features a Skylake Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card and 8GB of memory, technical specifications that surpass the Oculus Rift’s minimum system requirements by a significant margin.
Oculus says that pre-orders will ship to select countries in limited quantities. We’ve reached out to the company for clarification regarding whether the bundles will make their way to Canada. We will update this story when we hear back from Oculus.
Competing full-fledged virtual reality headset the HTC Vive is expected to ship in April, though a final price still hasn’t been revealed yet. HTC Vive preorders launch on February 29th.