The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is expected to go up for pre-order next year and to date, we still have no idea how much the headset itself will cost. Last we heard, it was expected to cost $1,500 but that’s including the price of a brand new PC that would pack the required specs in order for users to use the headset.
That being said if you were hoping for the Oculus Rift, for some reason, to suddenly become cheaper at launch, you might want to rethink that. According to recent comments made on Twitter and Reddit, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey seems to be trying to prepare potential customers for a price that might not be considered affordable to some.
Luckey points out on Reddit that “even selling at cost is not enough to make VR as affordable as everyone wants.” However he notes that the main goal here is to try and get VR into as many hands as possible, to the point where they can eventually make the hardware and software more financially viable and self-sustaining.
Basically it sounds like the Oculus Rift could be sold at cost, but even at cost it could still be out of reach or considered expensive for some users, such as casual gamers, versus developers or hardcore gamers who might consider the Rift a good investment. Either way we guess we’ll still have to wait and see what the final price will be, but so far many seem to be under the impression it will be around the $500 mark.