Alienware Oculus Rift bundles to ship before preorders from Oculus itself, reports The Verge – also great news if you’re looking for an Oculus ready PC.
Frank Azor, Alienware founder, has said on Thursday that the company will offer an Oculus Rift and Alienware X51 gaming desktop bundle at a discounted price to customers.
Dell has partnered with Facebook’s Oculus Rift so the bundle can be offered at the price of $1,600 – $1,200 for the X51 machine and $400 for the VR. That’s a $200 discount.
The Verge have uncovered that if you purchase a bundle from Dell, they will ship it around the end of March or, at the latest, the beginning of April. Oculus’ main website notes an expected shipping window of June.
Given that we were expecting the virtual reality headset to be way under the announced $600 retail price, and something around $350, at the statement made during this week’s CES event, gamers and VR enthusiasts all around the world took to the internet with sharpened pitchforks and burning torches.
This may very well be a strategy to soothe angry consumers that were mislead since the get-go. Let’s hope that the trend ends here.
The specs of the Alienware X51 system that will be bundled with the Oculus Rift have not been announced, but the company claims that users will be able to use the headset with minimal effort directly out of the box.
If you were to purchase an Alienware X51 R3 machine right now, you would get it with an Intel Core i5-6400 proccessor, 1 TB of internal storage, 8 GB of RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 that has 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM.
In a Q&A session, immediately after the Alienware bundle announcement, Luckey Palmer, founder of Oculus Rift, and Frank Azor defended the GeForce GTX 970 recommended spec for a good VR experience.
Luckey has said that while a high-performance GPU doesn’t hurt to have, he believes that it isn’t a necessity. It’s known that developers have been using better graphic cards such as GeForce GTX 980, 980 ti, and others that are of equivalent prowess, yet, Luckey says, that he will be personally playing all of the final builds of virtual reality games on a GeForce GTX 970.
Azor agreed, adding that you can’t judge the image quality of VR by the same standards on a monitor, as textures or filtering don’t really apply.
In other news, Alienware announced the world’s first OLED gaming laptop. It will come out in April of 2016 when the company’s new Alienware 13 will be ready.
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