Speculation over when the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) will finally launch a consumer version is currently rampant within the VR community. Discussion has been spurred on by the reveal of the Crescent Bay prototype for the device in September 2014 as well numerous comments and hints from Oculus VR figureheads about just when it might arrive. This week CEO Brendan Iribe has again weighed in on the topic, stating that the device is still ‘many months’ away.
Iribe said as much at the Web Summit 2014 in Dublin this week according to The Next Web. “We’re all hungry for it to happen,” Iribe said. “We’re getting very close. It’s months, not years away, but many months.”
These comments reflect earlier remarks from Iribe in which he stated that the device was ‘more than a few months’ away but also ‘less than multiple years’. Of course the wording of these statements doesn’t rule out that the device could be launching within just one year’s time, although this may have been a little longer than many VR fans had hoped for.
“We’ve gone out there and set this bar and said, ‘We want to get it right.’ We don’t want it to be four or five years. We’re eager for this to happen,” Iribe concluded.
Recently VRFocus heard from multiple sources that Oculus VR could be looking to roll out the consumer version of the Oculus Rift as a Beta release in a very limited fashion. Iribe’s speech doesn’t rule this possibility out, although it’s still anyone’s guess as to when the device will launch. At the same talk, Iribe stated that Oculus VR was encouraging other companies getting into VR, such as Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) to get it right. VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift, reporting back with any further updates.