Oculus will discount Oculus Ready PCs as part of a Rift bundle

Oculus' Rift is almost here, but in case you haven't heard, it's probably not going to run on the old family laptop. For those uninterested in building a new gaming PC from scratch this spring, Oculus has announced several new Oculus Ready PCs from Asus, Alienware, and Dell. Starting on February 16th, these machines can be preordered as part of a bundle including the Oculus Rift headset.

Each bundle includes a PC that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements for the Oculus Rift, along with the headset itself and everything else Oculus will ship with its Rift preorder packages. That includes the sensor, remote, Xbox One controller, EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale. Buyers who bundle one of these PCs with a Rift will get a discount of up to $200 on the system's regular price.

Oculus says that for a limited time, buyers can get a pre-built Oculus Ready PC and the Oculus Rift starting for as little as $1499. Three of the options, the Asus G11CD, Alienware X51 R3, and Dell XPS 8900 SE, all have pretty similar hardware under the hood. Each is powered by an Intel Core i5-6400 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.

It's a little sad to see brand-new gaming PCs being sold without solid-state storage, but we figure corners had to be cut on systems that already include a Windows license, a $189 processor and a $330-ish video card. While we favor building our own machines, these rigs seem decently priced for what they offer.

Anyone willing to spend a little more might look at the two ROG G20CB systems from Asus. The $1349 model offers the same GTX 970 and Core i5-6400 as the entry-level machines above, but upgrades the storage to a single 512GB SSD. The $1599 G20CB offers a Core i7-6700 CPU, a GeForce GTX 980, a 256GB SSD, and a 1TB hard drive. Remember that neither of those prices represent the total bundle cost, though.

Alternately, Alienware offers the $2549 Area 51, which comes with a Core i7-5820K, a GeForce GTX 980, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 128GB of solid-state storage, and a 2TB hard drive. That one's not so great a value.

All five models will be available for preorder through Best Buy, Amazon, and the Microsoft Store. If you've already preordered your Rift and need a PC to go with it, you'll still be able to get in on a discounted Oculus Ready PC by opting into partner offers from Oculus.

If you're willing to get your hands dirty, though, you can always check out our most recent system guide and build your own VR-capable machine for not a whole lot more than any of these machines on their own. Just sayin'.

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    • Krogoth
    • 4 years ago

    This takes me back to the special deals for fight simulators, PC and peripheral combos back during the 1990s.

    • bhappy
    • 4 years ago

    I wonder why only Nvidia graphic cards are being offered in Oculus Ready PCs, even by manufacturers like ASUS? Wonder if it has anything to do with Nvidia’s superior drivers and support.

      • Laykun
      • 4 years ago

      You sheep, it’s an Nvidia GameWorks conspiracy.

        • skitzo_zac
        • 4 years ago

        Ngreedia* /s

          • Ninjitsu
          • 4 years ago

          MY GTS 450 CAN’T OCCULUS

            • Mikael33
            • 4 years ago

            Do you even OCCULUS bro?

      • Billstevens
      • 4 years ago

      The Asus website hurts my eyes.

      I can only imagine Nvidia paid for the privilege. Probably worth it since every Oculus is going to push a few extra high end video cards.

    • Stochastic
    • 4 years ago

    Why would you spend this much money on a gaming rig with FinFET GPUs around the corner?

      • ermo
      • 4 years ago

      Because you don’t read TR and don’t know a hard drive from an ATX case, much less what the current GPU process node is and why it matters?

        • BaronMatrix
        • 4 years ago

        So basically everyone who downvoted him upvoted you…? Your reply was trollish at best…

        AMD has already said the two designs will cover their whole range and both levels have been demo’d and have been reported to come in a few months…

        No wonder I’m glad I’m not popular here…

          • chuckula
          • 4 years ago

          You even put an ellipsis in front of a freakin’ question mark?

          It… Doesn’t… Make… You… Look… Smart…
          It… Makes… You… Look… Like… A… Pretentious… D-bag… Who… Likes… To… Rub… CPUs… In… Shag… Carpet… And… Styrofoam…

      • ImSpartacus
      • 4 years ago

      But they really aren’t around the corner. We’re still at least a year away from a full 14/16nm lineup.

      In the AMD corner, we’re only getting two new GPUs in 2016. That’ll be awesome, but it’s not even close to enough to fill up their gaming lineup (they currently use around 4-5 GPUs for their lineup). AMD’s lineup will definitely have some 28nm GPUs in 2016. Maybe they update the price point that you would’ve bought from, but maybe they don’t. No guarantees.

      In the Nvidia corner, we’ve seen a whole lot of nothing. Jen-Hsun appeared to hold up a Pascal-packing DRIVE PX 2 at CES, but it turned out to just be a mockup with old 980Ms. Unlike AMD, we also haven’t seen live Pascal demos. [url=http://semiaccurate.com/2016/02/01/news-of-nvidias-pascal-tapeout-and-silicon-is-important/<]Even Charlie is getting in on the Nvidia-bashing[/url<]. There's no way that Nvidia has a full lineup "around the corner." Maybe a paper launch in the third or fourth quarter. We'll be well into 2017 before we see a full 14/16nm lineup from either camp.

        • BlackDove
        • 4 years ago

        [url<]http://insidehpc.com/2016/02/ccrt-boosts-industrial-innovation-with-a-petascale-supercomputer-from-bull/[/url<] You better tell the guys spending millions on supercomputers with those GPUs that theyre imagining rooms filled with computers. The guy is right. Its stupid to buy a 28nm planar GPU when 16nm FinFET is almost here.

          • ultima_trev
          • 4 years ago

          Article said installation won’t begin until mid-2016, so apparently Pascal isn’t ready. Asides from that, nVidia clearly cares about the HPC market more than the consumer market, they’ll want the bigger margins from Tesla before releasing any GeForce SKUs.

            • Ninjitsu
            • 4 years ago

            Yeah, this happened with Kepler too – GK110 was already shipping to supercomputers for a good few months, iirc, before it hit the consumer market.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 4 years ago

          Nvidia has a long track record for fulfilling super computer contracts well before consumer releases. It’s a win-win: the hpc client gets cutting edge tech and Nvidia gets a financially safe way to ramp up yields to a profitable level.

          Nvidia is also putting Pascal in other super computers as well: [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/9791/nvidia-sc15-national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration-to-build-tesla-weather-research-cluster[/url<] Another consideration is that Nvidia only needs one pascal gpu (likely gp100) to work with large hpc clients. It's relatively simple. But for a full consumer lineup, they need several (e.g. 900 series uses 3 unique gpus). So yeah, we'll probably get a late 2016 paper launch of a card that uses the hpc-class Pascal gpu and that's awesome. However, it's not a full lineup (some of us don't want to spend $1000 on a gpu).

      • albundy
      • 4 years ago

      Let me fix that for you

      Why would you spend this much money on name brand poopboxes knowing that they sell you the most generic quality parts so they make bigger margins?

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]starting for as little as $1499[/quote<] Shouldn't that be $1,199?

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      You need to bargain harder.

      I’ll take one for $19.99 + S&H!

        • CuttinHobo
        • 4 years ago

        SOLD, for $19.99!
        …..
        …..
        …..
        ….. Plus $1,480 for S&H.

          • bacondreamer
          • 4 years ago

          Spoken like a true ebay seller…

            • Terra_Nocuus
            • 4 years ago

            with the S&H charge not visible until you put in your zipcode

        • DPete27
        • 4 years ago

        In all seriousness though, the $1499 is a typo.

          • VincentHanna
          • 4 years ago

          Well, the Oculus Rift announcement that is linked says $1499.

            • DPete27
            • 4 years ago

            Ah, I got confused when we went from the system bundled with Rift, to just the standalone system price two paragraphs later.

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