SAN FRANCISCO—The entry price for Oculus' high-end VR hardware just came down significantly. In a presentation at the Epic Games keynote at the Game Developers Conference this morning (and in an accompanying blog post), Oculus announced that its Rift headset is now available bundled with its hand-tracking Touch controllers for $598, down from the previous $798 MSRP.
Oculus also lowered the price of both pieces of hardware individually. The Rift headset is down from $599 to $499, while the price for a set of two Touch controllers as a standalone accessory is down from $199 to $99. While the bundle comes with two tracking sensors to keep track of the headset and controllers, extra sensors that can help enable room-scale tracking now cost $59, down from $79.
On stage at GDC, Oculus co-founder and PC VR head Brendan Iribe said that the price drop comes thanks to "great volume" for the hardware and work by the operations team to drive down the cost of components. "From the beginning, our goal has been to get the best VR into as many hands as possible," Iribe said. "Lowering the barrier of entry and making it more affordable for everyone to enter the world of VR" is part of that goal. Iribe also noted that there are now more than 100 Touch-enabled games available on Oculus' online storefront and over 350 Rift-enabled games in total.