According to a store listing on the site of German tech retailer Media Markt, the Oculus touch controller will set customers back €199 ($250) and will ship on November 21st.
The company quickly removed the details, but virtual reality news magazine VRTech managed to grab a screenshot before then. Whether or not the information is correct remains to be seen, and Oculus has given no response to the matter.
Despite this, the release date would make a lot of sense. European launch of the Rift is set for September 20th, and customers will want to get their hands on the peripheral as soon as possible. Furthermore, Oculus previously mentioned a Q4 2016 launch, so this would fit with that timeframe.
In addition to price and release date, the screenshot shows some basic specs for the device, namely its size:
- Width: 114.3 mm
- Height: 97.5 mm
- Depth: 104.1 mm
- Weight: 127.6g
- Color: Black
It’s worth reiterating that this information may not be accurate, though it would be strange for the retailer to go into so much detail. They seem about right, but it’s hard to work out how the device’s strange shape has been measured.
Of course, the big question is whether customers will buy them, given the premium. The controllers certainly don’t look like they’re worth $250, though it’s ultimately the internal components you’re paying for.
European technology is usually more expensive than the US counterpart, so it’s possible that they’ll have a 1:1 conversion rate and be $200 instead. That would push the overall cost to $799, the same price as the HTC Vive, which has controllers included.
It’s still a long way off the $350 Palmer Luckey mentioned initially, however, and Oculus may bundle the two to undercut the competition and make fans happy.
What do you think about the price? Will you be buying them at launch, or sticking to an Xbox controller? Let us know below.