The Oculus Rift's consumer edition will bring VR to the masses early next year.
The Oculus Rift may not even be out yet, but it's already leaving its mark on gaming. The dev kit edition proved that virtual reality was feasible, inspired competitors to craft their own versions, and prompted Facebook to buy the entire company. Now we finally know when the average gamer can finally try the Rift for themselves - the consumer edition is set to launch in Q1 2016, and is up for pre-order this year.
"This is the consumer VR we've all been waiting for," Oculus said in a statement. "The Rift delivers on the dream with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality. It's a headset designed by a team of gamers, game developers, and industry legends to push the limits of what we believe gaming is and what it can be."
According to a press release, the Rift consumer edition adds to the features of the Crescent Bay prototype, complete with improved tracking for anyone sitting or standing. More details about the Rift's hardware will be unveiled in coming weeks, not to mention any unannounced games made-for-VR games.
Waiting another year might seem frustrating, considering the original Oculus dev kit Kickstarter launched in 2012, but it's encouraging to hear that the end is in sight. Will you be pre-ordering an Oculus Rift once the option is available?