The Oculus Rift pre-orders are now live and everyone who backed the Kickstarter's development kit pledge gets one for free

The day has finally come, after a long wait the world's very first VR device - the Oculus Rift - is now available for pre-purchase.

You can find all of the details as well as how to pre-order your own copy over at the Oculus website though be warned, it is quite pricey at $599 and €699 for us in the EU (without shipping).

With a price like that I can't imagine their potential market is going to be a big one but I guess with every new technology there will always be the issue of price before the parts become standardized. While I'm still excited for the Rift I think I'll do what many others will do as well, wait for the competition between the Rift, HTC's Vive and Playstation's VR device to bring the price down, even a little bit.

The expected shipping day is set for May 2016 and along with your pre-order you will also get an Xbox One controller, EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky's tale.

Finally, if you were one of the earliest believers in VR technology and pledged enough on the Rift Kickstarter to receive a development kit you will be granted a unique Kickstarter version of the Rift for free.

Here's the full announcement message from the Rift's Kickstarter:

"As one of the early supporters of Oculus, you helped make this revolution happen. And before we open Rift pre-orders to the world, we wanted to share one more special update with you, our Kickstarter community.

As a small token of our appreciation for your support, all Kickstarter backers who pledged for a Rift development kit will get a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift! And like all Rift pre-order purchasers, you’ll receive a bundled copy of Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie.

To claim your free Rift, fill out the survey you’ll receive from Kickstarter before February 1, 2016 and provide a shipping address that is located in one of the 20 countries Rift is launching in. For those who don’t live in one of those 20 countries, we’re working on an alternative, and you can let us know your preference in the form."