Hope you saved up on the money your grandparents have sent you this Christmas because EVE Valkyrie is dropping this month! But hold your horses, because this is only the Oculus Rift DK2 version which is priced at a startling $599. I also hope that your grandparents are moderately wealthy old people with you as a single, or at least as a favorite, grandson for that reason.
This unusual pricing strategy has certainly drawn quite a lot of negative attention. The founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, addressed this issue multiple times via his twitter account, insisting that the price is reasonable considering the complex high end that Oculus is delivering.
To reiterate, we are not making money on Rift hardware. High end VR is expensive, but Rift is obscenely cheap for what it is.
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) January 6, 2016
There is even more bad news. Oculus is currently available in only 20 countries total, so if you live somewhere in Korea or in some of the European countries, you won’t get a diddly squat for the time being. However, if you are one of the lucky ones, preordering the Oculus Rift headset will instantly get you a copy of the EVE Valkyrie. For your information, alpha testing will begin on 18th of January, and if you are interested in participating in this, probably breathtaking, experience – do prepare the details of your PC: graphic card, RAM and processor. And have your Oculus Rift DK2 serial number standing by. You lucky bastard.
Although there is still no official information about when the rest of us can expect to take a shot at this magnificent space shooter game, in all probability we won’t have to wait that long. I hope. Either that or I’ll just go ahead and throw money at Palmer to bring me my EVE Valkyrie copy along with the Oculus Rift too. (In all honesty, who wouldn’t like to own an Oculus headset? It’s bound to happen sooner or later.)
In the meantime, let’s enjoy some of the following…