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Facebook launches virtual reality headset

The much-hyped Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will cost $599 and ship to 20 countries beginning on March 28.
Oculus Rift image posted on Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg

The much-hyped Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will cost $599 and ship to 20 countries beginning on March 28, 2016, the company said Wednesday.

Bundles that include a powerful computer needed to use the device will be available for pre-order in February starting at $1499.

The pricing details and shipping information had been long awaited. Oculus, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $2 billion, began accepting pre-orders for the device at 11 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday,m January 6, 2016.

It will also be available in some undisclosed retail locations starting in April.

The Rift comes with a built-in headphones and mic, sensor and an Xbox One controller. It also comes with a remote to help navigate virtual worlds.

PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster said the cost of the Rift is higher than the $449 he expected, but said he still expects a few hundred thousand units to sell during 2016.

“You can pre-order your Oculus Rift for $599 at shop.oculus.com,” said a Facebook post from Mark Zuckerberg.