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Oculus Rift Pre-orders Online, Get Yours for $59900 ($599.00) USD!

January 6th, 2016 · No Comments · General 3D News


The Oculus Rift pre-orders are now open with price of $59900!!! USD per unit, probably a mistake as somebody forgot the dot before the zeroes with actual price of $599 for the device (hopefully it will be fixed shortly). The kit includes the Rift headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, Xbox One Controller, EVE: Valkyrie, and Lucky’s Tale and the expected ship date is March 2016, the end of the month starting on March 28th. The price is a bit higher than I have anticipated, but it was expected that it will be more than the two dev kits released already, also because of the hardware upgrade to dual OLED screens. Even at $599 USD probably there will be a lot of early adopters, however probably not as much as if the device was $499 or even $399 USD, prices, that would have made it much more attractive to a wider audience. You should also not forget the fact that Oculus Rift has pretty high demands for the CPU and especially the GPU in your computer in order to provide a pleasant experience with high enough framerate. So the initial target, aside from VR enthusiasts, would be more serious gamers and hardware enthusiasts with high-end systems for whom the higher price tag will not matter that much.

Update: Somebody at Oculus must have realized the mistake and the price is now properly written as $599.00 USD instead of the initial shocking number saying $59900 USD (without the dot separating the cents).

To pre-order your Oculus Rift VR headset head on to the official website…

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Pre-Orders for the Consumer Oculus Rift to Open Tomorrow

January 5th, 2016 · 1 Comment · General 3D News


Some great news from Oculus just came in, they announced that pre-orders for the new consumer Oculus Rift will start tomorrow (January 6th) on the official website, but a price has not yet been announced. The news are even better for all Kickstarter backers, like me, that pledged for a Rift development kit who will be getting a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift. No word on what will be different with this edition, but it will also include, just like all Rift pre-orders, a bundled copy of Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. There is however a bit of not so good news for some at there also is a mention of “in one of the 20 countries Rift is launching in”…

It seems that the consumer version of Oculus Rift will be available initially only for people living in the following countries with more apparently to come later on: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

For additional details you should check Oculus.com tomorrow when the pre-orders for the new Consumer version of the Oculus Rift are opened – 8 am Pacific Time on January 6th.

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AMD FreeSync is Now Official and Should Be Open For Everyone

March 19th, 2015 · 6 Comments · General 3D News


AMD FreeSync technology is apparently now official, bringing an alternative to Nvidia’s G-Sync. Both technologies are implementations around the industry standard DsiplayPort specifications in their revision 1.2a and more specifically around the DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync. AMD’s implementation however does not rely on expensive hardware DRM module like Nvidia (the G-Sync module itself), so it should not increase the price of the display additionally. In theory AMD FreeSync should work on all DisplayPort 1.2a-equipped monitors if you have a compatible AMD GPU, though the company is not very clear on that subject. The list of compatible AMD GPUs with gaming support for FreeSync include AMD Radeon R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R9 285, R7 260X and R7 260 (the status of 7800 and 7900 series or 280X is not very clear).


There is still no official WHQL driver available, but apparently AMD FreeSync required Radeon 15.2 beta drivers or newer to be supported. AMD has released a list of 11 gaming-oriented monitors from multiple partners including Acer, BenQ, LG Electronics, Niexeus, Samsung and Viewsonic that come in different sizes and with different features. What AMD is still lacking compared to Nvidia is support for stereoscopic 3D gaming along with FreeSync – there are multiple Nvidia G-Sync compatible models that also support stereoscopic 3D gaming. Should that matter however when Nvidia is apparently abandoning stereoscopic 3D support for some time already and the company is doing this for a second time since it was founded (history repeating itself). We are already eager to see what does AMD have in store for us with their FreeSync implementation…

Update: After trying out Acer ХВ280НК 4K G-sync monitor with AMD Radeon R9 280X and 290X I can say that I’m not very happy with both AMD and Nvidia. The G-Sync monitor works just fine on Nvidia hardware with G-sync and without. On Radeon 280X (not officially compatible with FreeSync according to AMD!) the monitor works just fine, but no option to enable FreeSync in the drivers as expected. Connecting the monitor to a AMD FreeSync compatible GPU, namely Radeon R9 290X the drivers still show no option to enable FreeSync in the drivers, nor the display is detected as capable of supporting it. The problem with Sapphire R9 290X 8GB and the Acer ХВ280НК monitor is that the display is not working properly in this combination, there is picture, but the monitor constantly goes blank for a bit at irregular intervals, just as if it is loosing the input signal and getting back signal – happens in both 2D and 3D mode. The tests were performed using the AMD Catalyst 15.3.1 Beta drivers supplied by AMD for trying out the new FreeSync feature.

Update 2: It seems that if you want to be able to use AMD’s FreeSync technology you would still have to buy a new display that features DisplayPort 1.2a interface and also buy a new graphics card if you are using R9 280X, one of the most popular GPUs from AMD. It will not work on your older hardware as most likely you don’t have DP 1.2a capable monitor anyway, unless you bought a really recently announced model, so you might want to wait for one of the new gaming models that are officially compatible with FreeSync as listed by AMD. Also since Nvidia’s G-Sync technology uses DisplayPort 1.2 interface the officially licensed G-Sync monitors will apparently not work with FreeSync as well.

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