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Oculus Rift on sale in Europe and Canada from 20 September

VR fans in Europe and Canada will be able to get their mitts on the long-awaited Oculus Rift headset in just over a month.

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Tech fans in Europe and Canada only have to put up with boring regular reality for another month or so, as Oculus has confirmed its Rift headset will be hitting those regions on 20 September.

Preorders in those regions kick off from today, following on from a US release earlier this year. In the UK and Europe the Rift has been slapped with an eye-watering suggested retail price of £549, or €699. Facebook-owned Oculus hasn't published a Canadian suggested price, but the Rift is up for preorder from the Microsoft Store for CAD$849. There's a full list of which shops will be selling the Rift in those regions on the Oculus website.

Although Oculus VR (quite literally) kickstarted the current VR trend when it began working on the Rift back in 2012, the scene as it finally goes on general release is very different. Major tech firms like Sony, HTC and Samsung all offering rival hardware that lets customers escape the relentless mundanity of non-virtual life.

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