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!


How 5G networks will make low-latency game streaming a reality

Faster speeds and more bandwidth are some of the many promises that 5G can deliver, but for gamers, the most important thing is low latency. To achieve low latency, carriers like AT&T and Verizon are exploring hybrid models for game…

DisplayPort and HDMI both connect to screens, but here's how they're different

HDMI and DisplayPort are two of the most popular connectors for hooking up consoles, gaming PCs, TVs, and monitors, but which is best? To find out, we pitted HDMI vs. DisplayPort and compared their best and worst features.

PlayStation does the smart thing, stops selling digital codes at physical stores

Sony will no longer offer PlayStation digital full-game downloads at retail stores. The game downloads will now only be available directly from the PlayStation Network's own digital store.

Oculus shows off the Rift S, plans to phase out its original VR headset

Oculus plans to phase out its flagship Rift VR headset for its newly created Rift S. The Rift S made its debut this week at the 2019 Game Developers Conference and is expected to be released in spring 2019.

Samsung files a VR patent featuring a curved OLED display

Doubling down on its emphasis on curved displays, Samsung recently filed a design patent for a new virtual reality headset that could feature a curved OLED display, which would be an interesting development in VR.

Bringing realism to VR is complex, but these developers found a way in holograms

Making virtual reality feel real is the hardest job of all VR developers. For Awake: Episode One, StartVR used volumetric recording, rather than motion capture, to bring its characters to life like never before.

HP’s high-resolution VR headset provides comfort and Windows Mixed Reality

HP's new VR headset reportedly offers an exceptionally high resolution, highlights comfort and runs on Windows Mixed Reality. HP hasn't officially announced the new headset, but here's a look at some of its features.
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.
Virtual Reality

Getting into VR is spendy. Which headset is truly worth your hard-earned cash?

Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream, but how do you find the best VR headset for you? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget alternative for your mobile device.
Virtual Reality

HTC Vive Focus Plus makes it easier for developers to port PC content

HTC Vive has announced the Vive Focus Plus headset. The upgraded stand-alone headset makes use of "six degrees of freedom" support in controllers for a PC-like virtual reality experience.

Here’s how to watch Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 press conference

It is widely believed that Microsoft's WMC conference will be the stage for the unveiling of the next generation of its HoloLens mixed reality headset. We have the live stream right here.

Microsoft unveils $3,500 HoloLens 2 at MWC 2019. Here’s what you need to know

The HoloLens 2 is ripe for an announcement. Here's what Microsoft has revealed so far, what's likely in store for the next generation HoloLens, and everything that we know about this mixed reality headset.

Nissan designers use HaptX VR gloves to shape future cars

New car designs usually start out as clay before becoming metal, but designers are now swapping clay for pixels. Nissan is using virtual reality gloves from HaptX that give designers a tactile feel of virtual models.

Apple’s AR Glasses could pair up with your iPhone in 2020

According to an investor note sent by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's AR glasses will be mass manufactured starting in the fourth quarter of 2019, but not later than the second half of 2020.