Amazon giving Oculus Rift buyers a $100 gift card today only
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Image Credit: Amazon / Oculus

Image Credit: Amazon / Oculus

The holiday promotion comes as the company debuts hand controllers to enhance the experience

Amazon is throwing in a $100 gift card when you order an Oculus Rift headset ($599.99). The holiday promotion comes as the company debuts hand controllers to enhance the experience.

Given that those Touch controllers sell separately for $199.99, that gift card could be an incentive to get customers to pick them up alongside the headset, or buy them for someone who already has the headset.

Unfortunately, the controllers are currently out of stock at Amazon, both sold separately and as part of a headset bundle. A statement from Amazon clarifies that, “Due to high customer demand, orders placed after Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 may not be delivered until January 2017.”

(For audiophiles, Amazon still has earphone accessories in stock for the headset, at $49.99).

Oculus Touch went on sale on Tuesday. Built by the Xbox 360 handset design team, they look like a cross between a bisected game controller and a sword guard. They’re wireless, so you don’t have to plug them into the headset or any other device, and are powered by disposable AA batteries. (The set also comes with an extra camera, to complement the one that comes with the headset). As The Verge’s review noted, it can’t pick up every finger motion, but approximates a lot of them, especially picking up and holding objects in-game.

The Oculus system is still limited to front-facing best performance. But once more camera accessories are available, it may be possible to rig up your gaming space for better all-around coverage.

Oculus has expanded its content library as well, announcing last week that users will have a choice of 53 new games from the start, many ported from the HTC Vive, with more still on the way. Oculus is hoping to develop more exclusive, high-end content to compete with other platforms, as it has less overall offerings than some competitors.

Speaking of the HTC Vive, if you’re looking for the whole VR package right now and can’t wait for the Oculus Touch to become available, Amazon is still selling complete HTC Vive systems, which include the cameras, headset, and hand controllers, for $799.99.

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