Oculus Rift and Touch Bundle Drops to $400 For Summer Sale

Facebook tries to prop up sales with a 33% savings.

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If you haven't had a chance to get in on the VR craze because of the prohibitive cost, now is your chance to get a Oculus Rift and Touch bundle for the price of a PS4 Pro. Yep, that's $399.99 at a savings of about $200.

Facebook announced the limited-time Summer of Rift sale on the official Oculus Rift blog, while at the same time pushing VR titles such as Batman Arkham VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew and its own Lone Echo - Echo Arena, which will be out on July 20. There are also several other VR titles on the horizon, so the timing of the sale is good if you want to get in on some of the better cutting-edge titles for virtual reality.

While Facebook has not released official sales figures for the Rift, it seems obvious that the company is struggling to push units out the door. This sale is coupled with a permanent $200 drop from back in March, leaving the bundle priced at a 50% savings from its original $800 launch price.

Virtual reality has been more for folks with disposable incomes wanting to be on the cutting edge of technology, but unfortunately that makes it more of a niche product, particularly when you need a rather beefy PC and video card to get the full immersive effect. With still a relatively small library of games compared to actual consoles with much larger and broader offerings, the headset will continue to be a novelty for the foreseeable future. And that won't help Facebook recoup its rather stunning $3 billion purchase of Oculus back in 2014.

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    July 10, 2017 8:15 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Oculus Rift and Touch Bundle Drops to $400 For Summer Sale

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      July 10, 2017 8:44 AM

      100 cheaper than I bought used over a year ago and comes with touch; crazy.

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        July 10, 2017 8:50 AM

        How often do you use it? Can occulus run all vive games? I am going to wait till gen 2-3 of vr headware me thinks.

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          July 10, 2017 9:44 AM

          Oculus can run all Vive games. Vive can run all Oculus games (via ReVive).

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            July 10, 2017 1:04 PM

            I don't believe this is 100% true unless somebody has come out with a similar product to ReVive for Oculus. There is word that Fallout and Skyrim wont work on Oculus because of the lawsuit. It does now but Google Earth didn't work on Oculus for a while.

            That being said its not a reason to not buy the Oculus. This is a great deal.

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          July 10, 2017 12:52 PM

          Have had time to use it much, but I recently bought a bunch of games and a steering wheel to start again!

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      July 10, 2017 8:46 AM

      So, a new version incoming?

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      July 10, 2017 9:12 AM

      Welp, just put in my order.

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      July 10, 2017 9:56 AM

      Damn thats tempting. Just to play with it. But really I think I'll try to keep holding out since it seems like VR is basically on life support at this point. The only saving grace might be the stuff coming with the Windows fall update that might help bring VR/AR to everyone at a reasonable price.

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        July 10, 2017 11:42 AM

        Sales/Discounts like this help get it into more people's hands though and hopefully create more enthusiasts for the medium.

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        July 10, 2017 1:30 PM

        God I hate this attitude towards VR.

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          July 10, 2017 1:37 PM

          What attitude is that?

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            July 10, 2017 1:38 PM

            Yours.

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              July 10, 2017 1:39 PM

              Because I'm not willing to dump a still huge amount of money on a technology that still hasn't shown me any compelling gameplay beyond tech demos? Cool.

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                July 10, 2017 3:37 PM

                I kinda get his point.

                There are loads of good VR games available spanning basically all genres whose gameplay is either greatly enhanced or only possible by being in virtual reality. Saying there is nothing but glorified tech demos at this point is disenginous and kinda dumb.

                What game criteria or requirements are you waiting around for before you would say VR is worth it?

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                  July 10, 2017 3:43 PM

                  Something with a story that I'd play for more than a couple hours and say "that was kinda cool, now what?"

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                    July 10, 2017 3:47 PM

                    Chronos and Elite Dangerous come to mind.

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                      July 10, 2017 3:51 PM

                      Did Elite Dangerous get a story, 'cuz otherwise it was pretty much like that even without VR. Haven't played it much since shortly after it launched.

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                      July 10, 2017 8:12 PM

                      Elite Dangerous doesn't have a story as far as I know but it's definitely one of my favorite VR things. I've played almost none of that game outside VR and playing it with the headset is nothing short of incredible. I've dumped some hours into it.

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                  July 10, 2017 3:44 PM

                  a bunch of people basically won't believe VR is a real thing until they can play <insert favorite PC/console game> in VR and with some unique VR feature (even though by asking for what is essentially a port they may preclude the game from ever having a unique VR feature by design).

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                  July 10, 2017 4:32 PM

                  a Killer App

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                July 10, 2017 7:23 PM

                I thought you liked flight sims? For race and flight sims there is no going back to a monitor for me. The immersion is incredible and it makes games in both genres much more natural and easy to control. Downsampling from 4k makes the image very clear too.

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                  July 10, 2017 8:13 PM

                  I'm really looking forward to DCS F-18. I think i'm gonna jump on this in preparation for that as well as to get back into A-10C. From what I understand, the current support with the headset is really good.

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                  July 10, 2017 8:17 PM

                  That's a good point, I had forgotten about that. I think I'm burnt out on DCS permanently from building my app and F-18 will make it even worse.

                  That said, race sims could be pretty great.

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                    July 10, 2017 8:21 PM

                    Yea Assetto Corsa, Project Cars 2, Dirt Rally, rfactor 2, Iracing, and Raceroom experience all have great VR support. I would get a Rift just for these. Project Cars was lacking in many ways to me but they've really improved Project Cars 2.

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                      July 10, 2017 8:23 PM

                      God dammit. Now I kinda want one but that means I'll have to buy a wheel. Ugh.

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                        July 10, 2017 8:26 PM

                        Yea you have to get a wheel, especially for VR. You could always start with a cheap or used Logitech driving force GT and upgrade later if you enjoy it. Having proper ffb through the wheel helps so much though.

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                          July 10, 2017 8:29 PM

                          Had a Fanatec 911 Turbo S but it broke. How does it work switching between monitor and HMD with resolutions and all that junk? Do you have to spend a bunch of time fucking with plugging things in and setting primary displays, etc?

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                            July 10, 2017 8:34 PM

                            Nope it's super easy to setup and use. All I do is plug my wheel in and luanch the game and it loads in the headset. Some games have -novr launch commands if you want to only play on the monitor. Most sims have separate VR and monitor graphics settings so you set them once and forget about them. It's a far cry from the hassle of dk2 days.

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                              July 10, 2017 9:04 PM

                              Had enough amazon gift cert balance that it only cost about $100 out of pocket. Dammit. Now it's all back ordered and I have to wait. Screw you guys!

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                                July 10, 2017 9:25 PM

                                Pretty dumb of you to trash vr and then buy it. Maybe learn from your mistake?

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                                  July 10, 2017 9:29 PM

                                  Herp derp.

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                                    July 10, 2017 9:34 PM

                                    I still maintain my position that it's on life support for mainstream users. I had completely forgotten that it was well adopted by the sim community which I do care about.

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                July 10, 2017 11:07 PM

                Robot Recall is fucking awesome.

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        July 10, 2017 1:51 PM

        mobile will have a far bigger effect on mass market VR adoption than some headsets for laptops with integrated graphics chips

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      July 10, 2017 11:59 AM

      and here it is!

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      July 10, 2017 12:54 PM

      If anyone already has EVE: Valkyrie, I'd be willing to purchase it if there is a code involved.

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      July 10, 2017 1:04 PM

      I didn't think they would be able to do it this quickly but this is a great deal.

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      July 10, 2017 4:25 PM

      Serious question: Do any of you guys get serious mileage out of your VR setup?

      I'm super tempted at this price, but scared that it's still gimmicky and seriously lacking in worthwhile games. Prove me wrong!

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        July 10, 2017 4:41 PM

        I think i've gotten my money's worth of fun out of it but i don't really feel a huge desire to use it on the regular.

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        July 10, 2017 7:20 PM

        I use it constantly but I'm super into race sims. I still think I would love it without race/flight sims though. Playing through thumper now and it's amazing.

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        July 10, 2017 9:26 PM

        I use mine every other day for the last 6 months. VR games are so much more immersive! I find it difficult to play regular PC games anymore.

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        July 10, 2017 10:25 PM

        I had hundreds of hours in Elite Dangerous in VR, such that I will never play a space or flying game ever again that's not VR. That goes for driving game also. Lately I've put in a bunch of hours in Arizona sunshine VR. It's like real life zombie shooting, just very addictive gunplay.

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          July 11, 2017 6:58 AM

          Oh man, I forgot about Arizona Sunshine. That was a fun freaking trailer.

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      July 10, 2017 7:11 PM

      FYI - the Echo Arena beta is extended until the 17th.

      https://forums.oculus.com/community/discussion/54527/echo-arena-open-beta-extended-to-monday-july-17th/

      You guys need to try this game, it's seriously fun. Works with Revive as well.

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      July 10, 2017 7:19 PM

      That is a fantastic price. I got the Rift alone for $450 a few months ago and that was a great deal. Everyone here needs to experience SuperHot.

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      July 10, 2017 11:42 PM

      I just bought one and I don't know why.