Dell Alienware X51 R3 specs: prices for Oculus Rift-ready gaming desktop start at $1,199


Now that the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset is available for pre-order and is set to be released to the market soon, companies are now ramping up production of the latest gaming devices with hardware compatible with the Oculus Rift VR headset.

During the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Dell's dedicated gaming arm Alienware showcased its VR-ready devices including the X51 R3 gaming desktop, which has been extensively tested for the VR headset.

"With an Alienware VR capable PC, you can be among the first to experience the future of gaming with a system ready to take you to the next level," according to Alienware.

The Alienware X51 R3 gaming desktop is powered by the latest sixth-generation Intel Core i5-6400 processor. There is 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB of internal storage. The gaming desktop also comes with the VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM.

The gaming desktop also comes with the Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS.

In terms of ports, there are two USB ports at the front. Then, at the rear, there is an HDMI output, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two Hi-Speed USB ports, two SuperSpeed USB ports, two SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps ports, an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port and three outputs for speakers. As a VR-ready gaming device, it is important to have a lot of accessible USB ports since the Oculus Rift headset alone requires four ports.

The Alienware X51 R3 comes in a sleek and futuristic black case with glowing accent lights that can be customized.

The Alienware X51 R3 is now available for pre-order and shipping is said to commence by March 2016. Prices start at $1,199. The Oculus Rift headset will have to be purchased separately for $599.99. According to Alienware, promotional offers from Oculus may come at a later date so interested customers are advised to stay tuned for the latest updates.

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