Oculus Rift virtual reality headset soon to hit European, Canadian shores

Rift is on the way, but in the meantime, you can pre-order the headset in Europe and Canada.

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In the next stage of an international rollout, Oculus Rift is winging its way to Canada and European countries.

Announced on Tuesday, Oculus said the launch will take place on September 20 and both online and in-store purchases will ship from this date.

A number of partners have signed up to stock the virtual reality headset. In the United Kingdom, Amazon, John Lewis, Curry's PC World, GAME, and Harrods will stock the device; in France, you can buy Rift from Amazon and FNAC; in Germany, Amazon, MediaMarkt, and Saturn have it stocked; and over in Canada, Best Buy, and Microsoft Online are taking orders.

The suggested retail price is £549 (€699) across these countries.

Oculus will be running hundreds of demo sessions across retail stores in Canada and Europe to promote the product, where you will be able to try it out for yourself.

If you are considering purchasing Rift, make sure your PC is compatible with virtual reality and can cope with VR demands. You can use this tool to make sure.

This week, Microsoft officials revealed a new update to the beta version of Minecraft for Windows 10 which will bring Rift compatibility to the game.