Facebook-owned Oculus has announced that it is cutting nearly £150 from the recommended retail price of its Rift headset and Touch Controller bundle, with the new price live now.
Announced during the Game Developers Conference this week, the price cut sees the cost of the Rift and dual Touch Controller bundle package cut from £749 to £598 - a reduction of £149, or roughly 20 percent, taking it to the same price previously charged for the headset alone. For those who already own a Rift headset but not the motion-tracking Touch Controllers, which launched later, the price has been cut from £189 to £99 - a drop of £90 or an impressive 48 percent.
While the price cuts - which Oculus VR's Nate Mitchell has positioned as part of the company's progress in 'making PC VR as affordable as possible
' and absolutely not the result of lacklustre sales, the company's recent legal troubles, nor flagging consumer interest - are to be welcomed, the news does come with a downside: The company has quietly done away with the Oculus Rift as a standalone device. Its official website now lists only two packages: the Rift and Touch bundle at £598 and the Oculus Touch controllers alone at £99; the previous option to buy a Rift alone, for those who want to use it purely for a seated VR experience with simulation controls, has disappeared.
In an interview with Techcrunch
, Mitchell had some additional news for non-Windows gamers: Support for Apple's macOS is officially off the cards for the near future. 'We do want to do OS X [macOS] support for Rift,
' Mitchell told the site, 'but it’s not something that’s currently on the roadmap for — I can even say — the next six months.
The new Oculus Rift prices are live now on the company's official UK storefront