After a long and hard waiting for any bits of news about Oculus Rift release date, it is finally here.
Oculus VR® has finally announced that they are shipping the consumer version of Oculus Rift to us in Q1 2016, with pre-orders available this very year.
Announcements were first reported by IGN. Although there was no official word seen from the Oculus website at that time, it did turn out to be true, as Nate Michell, co-founder of Oculus, tweeted this:
Extremely excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping Q1 2016! We can’t wait to get it in your hands. pic.twitter.com/TVquKTQJjx
— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) May 6, 2015
After that, Oculus VR® has released their own blog post, talking more about Oculus Rift, how it got to where it is, and what it can offer to people in terms of virtual reality.
They have also revealed that in upcoming weeks, we are going to get some juicy details about its hardware, software, what kind of input Oculus Rift will have, and a lot more, especially which centers around VR games.
The never-ending cycle of news about rumored release date of the Rift has been going on for years now. There were times when it was expected to come out in 2014, lately everybody was thinking it will come out in late 2015, and due to recent Oculus roadmap changes, release date was pushed back to Q1 2016. Although we do not know the exact date yet, we can get some interesting details about its specs in the upcoming weeks. As far as we know, consumer version will be quite similar to Crescent Bay, although it would not be a surprise if its a lot better, considering the fact that Oculus comes out with a new prototype almost each month.
What is also interesting to me, however, is that in official blog post, Oculus confirms that Oculus CV will support both seated and standing experience:
The Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as a highly refined industrial design, and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit.
Another compelling detail surfaced when Palmer Luckey said in reddit (click to open context) few hours ago that mic will be included:
(Microphone) Hidden in the best place.
The hype is real in every news site, and for a good reason. Virtual reality will change the world!