There’s no doubt that 2014 was a landmark year for virtual reality (VR) technology. While Oculus VR and its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) continued to grow, Sony Computer Entertainment entered the industry with the introduction of its Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4 as did Google with Cardboard and Samsung with Gear VR. But despite all of the news to come from VR in 2014, there can be no doubt that 2015 will hold even more. In fact, the Oculus VR recently labelled 2015 as ‘the Year of VR’.
At least, that’s what Oculus VR’s Bacon VR stated in this week’s update for the Oculus Store on Gear VR. “Happy 2015!” the developer wrote. “Everyone ready for the Year of VR?” It’s just a small quote but coming from a member of the Oculus VR team carries some significance. It’s hoped that 2015 will finally be the year that Oculus VR releases the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, which fans have been anticipating ever since the company completed its hugely successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign in 2012.
Recently Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe noted that the consumer release of the Oculus Rift was ‘months away’. Earlier this month The Telegraph wrote in a feature that Oculus VR creator Palmer Luckey ‘estimates’ a Winter 2015 launch for the device, although this quote was quickly retracted with statements from Luckey noting that he didn’t know where the information had come from. It certainly seems as if the launch is nearing, then. And with Gear VR already released in the US and set to roll out elsewhere in 2015, it’s easy to see why 2015 could be the Year of VR.
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