Wednesday 20 September 2017

Oculus VR headset due for early 2016 release

The Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift
Frank Whelan

Frank Whelan

The virtual reality headset that re-ignited the VR buzz back in 2012 has been confirmed for an early 2016 release.

The Oculus Rift has been the darling of gamers ever since it raised nearly $2.5m through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Though a $2bn+ Facebook buyout was met with mixed reaction, Oculus' product has been greatly anticipated despite an increasing number of rivals.

The Oculus made the announcement in a blog post today.

"The Rift delivers on the dream of consumer VR with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality. It’s a system designed by a team of extremely passionate gamers, developers, and engineers to reimagine what gaming can be"

Since the Rift's Kickstarter campaign, a number of serious competitors have entered the field.

Playstation's Morpheus could launch very close to the Oculus Rift and has had very positive reactions in previews, but is designed for use with the Playstation 4, limiting its market.

The Oculus Rift VR headset - front on
The Oculus Rift VR headset - front on

Another strong competitor is HTC's Vive, which will not only be released this year, but will also have a tie-in with Steam, the largest PC games platform.

Google and Samsung also have VR efforts on the market, Cardboard and Gear VR respectively, but both lack screens of their own and require the use of a smartphone.

Pre-orders of the Oculus Rift will begin later this year, with the device available in the first quarter of 2016.


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