Since the launch of the Oculus Rift, many have come to terms with the fairly steep asking price for the virtual reality headset, and since the launch of the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift is no longer the more expensive option. However, the Oculus Rift launched without one major feature: The Oculus Touch – the headset’s own dedicated handheld controllers.
Oculus announced at launch that the Touch would be delayed slightly, but now it looks as if they’re preparing for launch as Engadget’s Nick Summers spotted an ad for pre-ordering the controllers in a GAME store. Prepare yourself for the price:
Oculus Touch controllers to cost £190 in the UK. Crikey. pic.twitter.com/zg9JTNiCg8
— Nick Summers (@nisummers) September 20, 2016
While this could very well be a placeholder, at this point it seems unlikely considering we’re not too far away from the proposed launch. According to an in-store Oculus rep, a “winter release” is also on the cards.
This £190 asking price of course includes the two controllers as well as an additional camera system for improved tracking. In order to secure yourself a set you’ll also need to pay £50 up front.
So that means, if you want to get the full Oculus Rift experience, you’ll not only have to fork out £549 for the headset, but also an additional £190 for the controllers, totalling a pretty meaty £739. That being said, it’s still slightly cheaper than the £789 asking price for the HTC Vive, but still, you could grab almost three Xbox One S or PlayStation 4s for that price.
At present Oculus hasn’t announced whether they’ll be marketing an Oculus Rift bundle that includes the Touch controllers, maybe then it’ll be a little cheaper.