Here’s where to place your Oculus Rift pre-order

heres where to place your oculus rift pre order oculuspreorder
British gaming retailer GAME has now begun taking pre-orders for the Oculus Rift. And perhaps more surprising, an advertisement for the Rift was found in the store’s Xbox section, suggesting perhaps growing ties between Oculus and Microsoft.

Or maybe not. The Rift pre-order could have made it’s way to the Xbox side because the Rift will ship with a wireless Xbox One controller; imagine a GAME employee seeing the image of the controller with the headset and making an assumption and you can understand what might have happened. (Considering the ad suggests potential buyers “ask staff for details,” we hope they would be better informed.)

Fortunately in-store isn’t the only place people can find out more information about GAME’s plans for VR: Check out the new landing page on the retailer’s site. It shows that GAME will be looking to support all sorts of virtual reality gear, including the HTC Vive, Merge smartphone HMD, and PlayStation VR.

You can’t pre-order online yet, though you can “register your interest.” One Redditor did confirm that you can pre-order in store though and perhaps more interestingly, it’s for £500 ($714). While this is more expensive than the standard $600 pre-order cost, this actually represents a saving, since the Rift + shipping to the UK was almost $760 direct from Oculus.

GAME did say that it may not get stock until May and even then the popular VR headset would likely be in very limited quantities.

The big push with virtual reality could be why GAME also recently dipped its toes back into selling gaming PC components and systems in a partnership with Overclockers UK. That particular gaming component and system seller has made a big push in recent weeks to sell Oculus-ready systems, so it would make sense for both parties to ramp up their VR efforts in the months to come.

Have you seen any brick and mortar stores in your area advertising Oculus Rift pre-orders yet? Let us know!


Oculus VR could upgrade the Rift with a new display in 2019

Oculus could be set to release a new version of its Rift headset in 2019, but it will be more of a modest upgrade than a true sequel. The Rift S, as its purportedly called, will have a new display, and inside-out tracking.

Who needs a Switch? These 25 games prove there's fun to be found on 3DS

The 3DS is home to a large library, including some of the greatest games Nintendo has ever published. We've compiled this list of some of the best Nintendo 3DS games currently available.

Here are 19 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great stocking stuffer ideas), we've rounded up 19 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth…
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.

Google awarded patent for using eye tracking to detect expressions in VR

Google was awarded a patent that involves using eye tracking to infer facial expressions using machine learning in virtual reality. The tech could help make virtual reality a whole lot more immersive than it already is.
Virtual Reality

Prototype Valve VR headset leaked: HTC Vive challenger confirmed?

Leaked images revealed that a Valve VR headset is in development, even amid Valve's partnership with HTC for the HTC Vive. Sources confirmed the device, which may be bundled with a Half-Life VR game.

Immerse yourself in a new universe with these incredible PSVR games

The PSVR has surpassed expectations and along with it comes an incredible catalog of games. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had so we've put together a list of the best PSVR games available today.
Virtual Reality

Is the Vive Pro better than the original Vive? Our answer might surprise you

HTC Vive vs. Vive Pro, which comes out on top? That's the subject of our latest comparison, which looks at everything from tracking solutions, to controllers, and the brand new headset that could set a new standard for VR.

The best HTC Vive games available today

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.

A Google patent shows a way to make VR even more immersive

Virtual reality can be a really immersive experience, but it does sometimes it does have boundaries. Google has addressed this problem by patenting shoes with a flexible region on the bottom.
Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.

Dive head first into the best experiences available now on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift brought back virtual reality and put a modern twist to it. Grab your Touch Controllers, put on your VR headset, and jump into the fun with some of the best Oculus Rift games available now.
Emerging Tech

Microsoft’s $480M contract with U.S. military will equip soldiers with Hololens

Microsoft recently won a $480 million contract to equip American soldiers with up to 100,000 of its augmented reality Hololens headsets. Here's what we know so far about the new deal.