Oculus Rift virtual reality headset launches in the UK

Designers can now buy the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for £549 at stores such as John Lewis, Harrods and Curry’s PC World.

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has launched in the UK this week, and designers can now get their hands on a pair at a number of retail stores.

The basic pack is available for £549, and comes with the headset, a sensor, a remote and an Xbox One wireless controller. Also included is VR platform game Lucky’s Tale, various 3D 360 degree videos and VR movies, and access to the Oculus Store.

Demo presentations in store

The set can now be purchased at John Lewis, Curry’s PCWorld, Game Digital and London department store Harrods. It can also be bought online from Amazon.

Oculus Rift is also going to be taking over retail stores across the UK with demo presentations over the next month, where visitors will be able to try out games and films on the headset before they buy.

The product can only run on a PC, and requires an up-to-date operating system of Windows 7 or newer, and a memory of 8GB RAM or above.

Oculus Touch to be released in October

Oculus Touch controllers, which will allow greater control and more natural use of the hands during VR experiences, are due to launch in October. Oculus VR is yet to reveal a price, though a store display in Game allegedly proposed the price of £190 for a pair.

Oculus Rift is manufactured by Oculus VR, which originally started out as a Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Facebook acquired the company in 2014.

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