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Oculus Rift VR headset goes on sale in UK stores

After a long wait, the Oculus Rift is now available to buy in retail stores across the UK and Europe.

As of today, September 20, the Oculus Rift is up for grabs in retail stores in Britain. You’ll be able to bag the device from John Lewis, Currys PC World, Game, and Harrods in London. And if brick-and-mortar shopping isn’t your thing, you can also bag a Rift via Amazon online too. The suggested retail price for all stores is £549 – far cheaper than rival HTC Vive, at £769.

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Every Rift will come with a copy of VR platform Lucky’s Tale, as well as hundreds of free 360-degree videos and movies. You can also bag plenty of goodies from the Oculus Store, which features made-for-VR games and experiences. Of course, you’ll also need a high-powered PC to go with the Rift, otherwise it simply won’t work.

Related: Best Oculus Rift Games

In our review, we gave the Oculus Rift an 8/10 score, and praised its cool factor, light and robust build, simple setup, and strong launch line-up of content. The Rift features an OLED display with a 1,080 x 1,200 pixel resolution per eye, plus a 90Hz refresh rate and a 110-degree field of view. It’s also got integrated headphones for a 3D audio effect, as well as rotational and positional tracking.

Oculus started life back in 2012, after a Kickstarter campaign managed to raise $2.5 million in funds for the headset. Two years later, Facebook purchased the whole company for $2 billion. After continued developer, the Rift eventually went on sale on March 28, 2016, landing as one of the first VR headsets to market.

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