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The Oculus Rift is $599 - But So What?

By: Anthony Garreffa | VR in Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 12, 2016 3:56 am

If you're an enthusiast PC gamer, it's super expensive. A decent PC is $2000, and can very well hit the $4000-$5000 mark without a problem.

 

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The latest 2560x1440, 144Hz gaming monitors like the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q cost $799 - or if you're like me and you're a 21:9 UltraWide enthusiast - the Acer Predator X34 ramps up to $1290. The upcoming ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q will compete against the Predator X34, at around $1300 also.

 

 

So the Oculus Rift is less than an enthusiast QHD panel, but it offers something Aladdin and his girlfriend breaking out their vocal talents in 'A Whole New World'. The Rift opens up an entirely new world of VR gaming, and not the same flat panel gaming we're used to - albeit, at higher resolutions and refresh rates with technologies we've never seen before like NVIDIA's G-Sync and AMD's FreeSync.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

So, to sum it up - the Oculus Rift is priced at $599, but so what? Enthusiast PC gaming is expensive - far more expensive than VR gaming. You need a faster PC to handle 2560x1440 @ 144Hz, or 4K @ 60Hz. The PC requirements for the Oculus Rift aren't huge, with a GeForce GTX 970 not being too expensive, especially against the GTX 980 Ti (or two) required for 1440p @ 144Hz / 4K 60Hz.

 

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I think the Rift is going to transform PC gaming as we know it, opening up totally new experiences that just can't be reproduced by an LCD monitor or TV.

 

The $599 price will hurt some consumers, but with iPhones being $650+ and the latest Galaxy smartphones from Samsung with similar prices, I think Oculus has been quite level headed with a $599 price. The question is, how expensive will the HTC Vive be, considering it rocks Lighthouse controllers and sensors? That's the bigger question.Titan X as a minimum or GTX 970s in SLI. Of course, you can run less powerful GPUs, but you'll be turning details down in most games at this resolution if you want to maintain 100FPS or so.

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