Oculus Rift VR headset launch window

The Oculus Rift will ship to consumers in Q1 2016 and pre-orders will open later this year, Oculus VR has announced.

Further details around technical hardware specifications, software, input, and many unannounced made-for-VR games will be revealed in the weeks ahead, Oculus added.

“Since the earliest days of the Oculus Kickstarter, the Rift has been shaped by gamers, backers, developers, and enthusiasts around the world,” Oculus VR said.

“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.”

Oculus launched its Kickstarter during January 2013, asking for $250,000 and raising over $2.4-million.

id Software founder John Carmack, who is behind 3D video games such as Doom and Quake, then joined Oculus in August 2013.

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift

In March 2014, Oculus infamously sold to Facebook for $2-billion, riling many of the project’s original Kickstarter backers and other supporters.

Since then, a number of other companies have thrown their hat into the virtual reality (VR) ring, with Samsung and Oculus launching a smartphone-based headset called the Gear VR.

Sony has also unveiled a VR headset for its PlayStation video game console called Project Morpheus, while PC gaming juggernaut Valve announced Steam VR.

Earlier this year, HTC made the surprise announcement at Mobile World Congress that it too would enter the VR game in partnership with Valve, with a VR system it called the HTC Vive.

“Virtual reality is going to transform gaming, film, entertainment, communication, and much more,” Oculus said.

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