Oculus Rift starts shipping

The first Oculus Rift VR systems have begun shipping out to customers.

Facebook’s VR headset has been in development for years, with the stand-alone company launching a popular Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Since then it has been instrumental in creating the current buzz around the second wave of virtual reality.

Now the system is ready for prime time. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has tweeted a picture of the first ever Oculus Rift box to be shipped out:

https://twitter.com/statuses/713118956135981056

As you can see, deliveries are set to take place on Monday, May 28.

Oculus Rift will launch with 30 games, including the likes of Elite Dangerous, Edge of Nowhere, and Eve: Valkyrie.

Slow jumping onto the Oculus Rift bandwagon? Then you’ll have a bit of a wait. Any orders placed today won’t ship until July, according to the company’s website.

All pre-orders currently ship with Eve: Valkyrie, Lucky’s Tale, and an Xbox One controller, and the package costs $599 / £499.

Related: Playstation VR vs Oculus Rift

Of course, you’ll need a pretty capable PC in order to run Oculus Rift properly. The recommended specs include an NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 GPU, an Intel i5-4590 CPU, and 8GB of RAM.

If you wanted something a little less demanding, the PlayStation VR ships in October for £349, and will only require a PS4 to operate. The HTC Vive, meanwhile, will hit in May for £689, and will require a similarly high PC spec.

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Do you have your VR headset pre-ordered? Let us know which you’ve chosen and why in the comments.