Calling all virtual reality enthusiasts! Ahead of the Oculus Rift's impending ship date of March 28, Oculus VR is unveiling the first set of VR-certified desktops and bundles. Available Feb. 16, you can place your order for desktops from Alienware, Asus and Dell starting at $999.
Bundles include the Oculus Rift with its sensor, remote and Xbox One controller along with the desktop. You'll also receive VR-ready copies of EVE: Valkyrie Founder's Pack and Lucky's Tale.
In order for a PC desktop to be considered VR-ready, it needs to have the following specs:
NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
VR-ready Alienware desktops including the triangular behemoth that is the Alienware Area-51 ($2,459) and the living room-friendly X51 R3 ($1,499). The company is offering the X51 in a $999 bundle where the desktop will be outfitted with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 card, instead of a 980. The Dell XPS 8900 SE bundle will also have a 970 card and will be sold for $999.
The Asus desktops bundles include the G11CD ($949) and the ROG G20CB ($1,349). The company is also offering a $1,599 bundle and is the only system so far to offer a 980 card.
If you've already ordered your Rift, but not your PC, you can get a discounted rig via offer codes that will show up on your order status starting Feb. 16.
Overall, this is a great olive branch to VR fans who were initially put off by the $600 sticker price of the headset. Now you can get a solid desktop with all the VR fixings without having to mortgage something.