Oculus Rift will launch early 2016

News

From humble Kickstarter beginnings, to a $2bn Facebook deal. A consumer-ready Oculus Rift is finally on its way.
by
Oculus Rift will launch early 2016

The end is in sight

Facebook-owned virtual reality company, Oculus, has revealed it’s much anticipated Rift headset will be released in the first quarter of 2016.

The announcement was made via the company’s blog site today, and it’s clear that Oculus is as excited about it as we are.

“Since the earliest days of the Oculus Kickstarter, the Rift has been shaped by gamers, backers, developers, and enthusiasts around the world. Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year.”

In the early days, Oculus held a crowdfunding campaign, as many others have, on Kickstarter. It was hugely successful and went onto generate more than $2.4m (£1.5m) in pre-orders for a prototype. That kind of thing doesn’t tend to go unnoticed, and as a result, Facebook bought the company for $2bn (£1.3bn) in 2014.

The news is going to be a big deal for the video game industry, as it will completely revolutionise the potential level of complete immersion.

The juicy details

In the next few weeks it’s understood that Oculus will be revealing more details surrounding hardware, software and inputs. And, that we can eventually expect something on the shelves that resembles the Crescent Bay prototype (pictured above).

Nate Mitchell, vice president of product at Oculus, made his excitement clear on social media, posting on Twitter that he was "extremely excited" and that Oculus “can’t wait to get it [Rift] in your hands.”

The company rounded off its blog post with a line teasing that there is much more to come in the future: “E3 is just around the corner — this is only the beginning.”

Stay tuned to the The Lowdown for more news.

Source: Oculus, CNET

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
Facebook and Microsoft unveiled the Oculus Rift and its impressive gaming abilities last night, mean
Are you thinking about a virtual reality headset for that special tech-lover in your life? We've rou

20 April, 2018
There are some great new Nokia Android smartphones on the way in 2018. Which one...
19 April, 2018
It’s the season of the clear out, and what better way to kick things off than by...
18 April, 2018
The Nokia 7 Plus is a big, beautiful smartphone with a fantastic display and great...
17 April, 2018
At the moment, a lot of new phones are rocking a super slo-mo camera. But what things...
16 April, 2018
Google Lens, the AI-powered visual recognition tool is set to revolutionise how we...

12 April, 2018
If you find yourself confused by the mention of 5G, don't worry. We answer any questions...
9 April, 2018
Check out the brilliant new Sony Xperia XZ2, out now at Carphone Warehouse. It’s...
27 March, 2018
Huawei has just announced its new P20 smartphone series at its Paris event today....
16 March, 2018
We invited our favourite grime legend Big Narstie along to Carphone Warehouse HQ...
2 March, 2018
Following another successful Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we're rounding up...
25 February, 2018
Check out all the brand new features on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ soon available...
25 February, 2018
Nokia has an exciting collection of new smartphones – The Nokia 1, Nokia 6, Nokia...
21 February, 2018
The BBC has launched a spectacular new augmented reality app, Civilisations AR, to...
9 February, 2018
We've got some great news for fans of role-playing games. Final Fantasy XV Pocket...
6 February, 2018
Android Oreo is Google's latest operating system, and it's rolling out to all the...
26 January, 2018
Samsung has posted a Tweet teasing details of its Barcelona Unpacked event, where...
19 January, 2018
Amazon Echo Spot is available to buy from our sister company, Currys PC World from...