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Oculus Rift pre-orders begin on January 6th

countdown-web2Announced via Oculus blog today, the Oculus Rift VR headset will open for pre-orders on January 6, marking the first opportunity for purchases of the retail unit. no pricing was announced.

The Oculus Rift was announced to come with a free copy of the platformer Lucky's Tale, and those who pre-order the headset will receive EVE: Valkyrie as well.

A Reddit AMA thread is planned for later in the day Wednesday (at 6 PST) to provide an opportunity for both questions and answers about Oculus, the Rift headset, and likely plans for the future.

UPDATE – In a Reddit thread related to today's announcement, Palmer Luckey has explained the lack of pricing information in advance of pre-orders:

"This is standard practice in the consumer electronics industry. The price is almost always announced alongside preorders. Phones, game consoles, they all do it this way – it is kind of weird to see people thinking it is some kind of special sign about anything!"

Today, we’re excited to announce that pre-orders for Rift will open on Oculus.com at 8am Pacific Time on January 6! We’ll be sharing everything you need to know to order your Rift on Wednesday when pre-orders go live.

As a reminder, every Rift comes bundled with Lucky’s Tale by Playful, and we’re also including CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie for free with every pre-order!

This is going to be an exciting week for VR, so Oculus founder Palmer Luckey will be answering all your questions during a Reddit AMA this Wednesday, January 6 at 6pm Pacific Time. We look forward to hearing from you.

Stay tuned for more updates this week. We can’t wait to share what’s coming next!

— The Oculus Team