The Oculus Rift VR headset will be in consumers’ hands by the end of next March.
It’s now been more than 1000 days since the company launched its Kickstarter campaign for the Rift virtual reality headset, even longer since it first burst onto the scene at E3 in 2012. The firm then said that a consumer release was “still a ways down the road”, and they’ve been consistently vague ever since.
Oculus Rift to launch 2016
The company is now ready to give a solid date for the first version. The Rift will be available to consumers in “Q1 2016” they announced recently.
There aren’t much details, except for some promotional images of the final unit. Preorders will open later this year, and more information about the system’s tech specs will be announced very soon, Oculus says. That means that the prototype that’s been seen at trade shows for the past year or so is still the best guess benchmark for the final version. More information about hardware, software, input and made-for-VR games is promised in the weeks ahead.
Oculus has shipped two very popular and highly rated Rift development kits since the first Kickstarter, but the first kits were delayed by three months at the last minute. Samsung’s Gear VR, created in partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus, launched late last year and is set for a full rollout this year, Oculus said in March.
So it seems that the day when we can all go out and just buy a fully-fledged virtual reality headset is nearing. Several major electronics companies are also working on VR headsets – Son’y has its Project Morpheus, and of course Google has its similar technology in Google Glass, which is still under development at the moment, since the prototype was shelved at the beginning of the year.