Oculus Rift officially launching in Q1 2016

After years of development, Oculus VR has announced its Oculus Rift will be launching early next year.


Oculus VR has announced its Oculus Rift is finally shipping to consumers in Q1 2016 with pre-orders available later this year.

Today’s announcement didn’t come with a price or exact release date for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, but Oculus VR promises it will ship with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack that’s been specifically designed for virtual reality.

The Oculus Rift launched as a Kickstarter project back in August 2012 and was able to raise over $2.4 million by offering $300 developer kits for those who were interested in its promise of virtual reality. Since then, Oculus VR received some serious funding and was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in March 2014 and has even started to receive some stiff competition from HTC and Samsung.

Today’s announcement gives regular consumers an actual timeline of when they can get a final version of the Oculus Rift without having to shell out $300 for a developer kit. Let’s just hope the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is priced reasonably, although we wouldn’t complain too much if it was priced around $200 considering what’s possible from the product.

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