A new commercial-focused hardware bundle including Rift headset, Touch controllers, three Sensors, and three facial interfaces was revealed at Oculus Connect 4 this week. The bundle, which can be ordered in bulk, for the first time offers a commercial license, enterprise-grade warranty, and dedicated customer support.

Hugo Barra, VP of Virtual Reality at Facebook, announced the Oculus for Business program on stage during the event’s opening keynote, highlighting two examples of existing commercial partnerships, one with Audi who have Rift experiences for viewing custom car configurations installed in hundreds of showrooms worldwide, and Cisco, who created a VR collaboration environment on top of their Spark platform:

Oculus have been slow to entice the enterprise & commercial sector, perhaps because their room-scale solution took far longer to reach a high standard compared to the HTC Vive, which offered a near-flawless room-scale VR package since its launch in April 2016. HTC introduced a $1,200 Vive ‘Business Edition’ in June 2016, dominating the enterprise sector for well over a year.

The new Oculus Rift Business Bundle, which starts at $900, has been detailed on the official Oculus Blog, stating that the Rift can be used to “boost productivity, accelerate trainings, and present the otherwise impossible to their employees and customers—across industries like tourism, education, medical, construction, manufacturing, automotive, and retail.”

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Oculus still doesn’t doesn’t offer a commercial/enterprise app platform, something that Valve and HTC have been focusing on lately through Steam and Viveport. Interestingly, Oculus is shipping to 17 counties, none of which are China, a country where VR adoption is relatively high but largely dominated by HTC’s Vive headset.

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  • Foreign Devil

    Since Rift is supposed to be a VR portal into Facebook. .it kind of makes sense they dont’ ship to China where FB is blocked. Western tech companies need to give up the dream of capturing the Chinese market. The best case scenario is they take on a controlling Chinese partner and rebrand in China. Like Uber did with Didi.

  • Altered Realities VR Arcade

    Holy cow! This is potentially a game-changer for arcades, and puts VIVE squarely in the sights of Oculus for commercial use cases as well. HTC did not drop their commercial headset cost when they dropped their consumer bundle, so Oculus’ package is $900 vs Vive’s $1200.

  • PJ

    3 sensors should be standard to be honest

    • Luke

      I was coming here only to write this!
      and they should reduce the price of the single sensors.

      • PJ

        Agree they already reduced the cost to £59, but I think that’s too much

        • Luke

          in italy it’s 70 euro it’s a lot of money. I have to work a lot to buy one of those things and I have not enough work unfortunately.
          edit.
          now there is windows mixed reality with inside out tracking and they do not give 3 sensor? it’s hilarious.

          • PJ

            Mixed reality headsets offers better resolutions too, but doubt tracking will as good as even a two sensor Rift setup.

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  • NooYawker

    What’s different about the commercial product aside from it’s higher price?