When Palmer Luckey formed Oculus VR and launched a Kickstarter back in 2012 the Oculus Rift prototype was the only head-mounted display (HMD) of it’s kind in existence. Consumer virtual reality (VR) devices have become far more common in the intervening years, with competitors such as the Durovis Dive already available to purchase. Luckey isn’t concerned with the increasing competition however, assuring VRFocus that his team are striving to be the best, not necessarily the first.
“It’s not all about the launch,” stated Luckey at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) earlier this month. “We’re not working on this and saying ‘oh we have to make launch content and then we’ll be good.’ A lot of things that we’re investing in and working on will not be ready for launch.”
Oculus VR has announced two titles that will be published as first-party products, CCP Games’ EVE Valkyrie and Playful Corp.’s Lucky’s Tale. No release date has been announced for either title, nor for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift HMD itself, however it’s probably safe to assume that these titles will arrive alongside or soon after the hardware. Beyond that however, not much is yet known.
“You want to have a continuous flow of great VR content… some of it is in flux and there’s other things that we just don’t have any announcements to make yet.” Continues Luckey before rounding off the explanation with a bold statement: “We want to make the world’s best virtual reality platform.”
The consumer version of the Oculus Rift HMD is expected to be available to purchase in 2015. The second edition of the developer kit (aka DK2) will begin shipping next month. No strategy for the launch of first-party software has yet been announced, but VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details from Oculus VR.