Recently the Oculus Rift went on pre-order for a relatively reasonable price tag of $599 (approx. R10,000*). Some people view this price as being positively insane, however, and it’s true that Oculus gave a lot of people the impression that the first-generation Rift for consumers would be cheaper. If you’re still keen to get a Rift, though, and you fall way back in the pre-order line to get one early this year, Dell might have a deal for you in the form of an Alienware Oculus bundle, in which the Rift and the Alienware X51 will ship together for $1600.
The bundle deal will be launched by Dell starting this month and has an estimated shipping date of up to fifty days, coming in well before anyone’s regular Rift pre-order if you were to secure one today. The deal includes a $1200 Alienware X51 R3 system, which includes the Intel Core i5-6400 quad-core CPU, 8GB of DDR4-2133 memory, a 1TB SATA hard drive, Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. That’s a whole lot of power inside a machine roughly the size of an Xbox One. Having the GTX 970 on board is the icing on the cake, because that’s the GPU that Oculus’ co-founder Palmer Luckey recommended for anyone looking for a good experience out of the box.
This also works out to a savings of $200 if you had to purchase a new machine and a Rift in some other bundles available overseas or locally. If you’re not even interested in the X51, you could sell it off separately to someone willing to buy it off you for around R20,000. That’s not a bad deal, especially when you consider that we don’t even have a real Alienware presence locally anymore.
* Exchange rate calculated at R16.77 to $1 U.S. as of 19 January 2016