Pre-E3 Oculus Rift Event Pegged For June 11


With so many companies competing for the lion’s share of the spotlight, VR specialist Oculus has confirmed plans to host its own conference prior to E3 on June 11, one dedicated to all things Oculus Rift.

First picked up by IGN, the press event is set to take place in San Francisco, and considering that the studio recently outlined the rather demanding specs for the anticipated VR headset, one would imagine June 11 will herald the unveiling of the hardware’s price point. If so, this is the one facet that has the potential to make or break the impact of the Rift upon launch. Scale too high and Oculus risks alienating all but a very small fraction of its potential audience, so it’ll be interesting to see how the company gauges the device’s value and its place in the market.

Currently, Oculus only has plans to make the hardware compatible with Windows PCs, delaying the Mac and Linux versions in order to double down on creating a “high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows.” In case you missed them yesterday, here’s those high-end PC specifications you’ll need to ensure the Oculus Rift runs smoothly.

NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
2x USB 3.0 ports
Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Come June 11, there will be a whole host of questions for Oculus to answer, including the library of software would-be buyers can expect when the device makes its bow in the early stages of 2016. Pricing isn’t the only crucial factor, after all. We’ll have full coverage of the Oculus Rift event as it unfolds, until then, here’s a teaser image inviting members of the gaming community to “Step into the Rift.”