The release date for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is one of the most sought after announcements in the entire videogame industry at this point. With the company’s hugely successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign taking place in 2012, many had hoped the kit would at least have a solid release date at this point in time. Creator Palmer Luckey once said that something would have to go ‘horribly wrong’ to not have the device out by the end of 2015, but has recently gone back on that statement.
Luckey was presented with his previous statement by a fan at Oculus VR’s ‘Explore the Future of Virtual Reality’ panel at the 2015 South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) today. “I’d say that, I did say that before we made a lot of changes to our roadmap and, we’ve expanded a lot of ambition that we had around the product and what we wanted to do,” he replied when asked to comment on the quote. “Us partnering with Facebook allowed us to do a lot of things that we just wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise like hire 300 people to be working on getting the Rift out as quickly as possible to the quality level that we wanted to get it out to.
“So I can’t comment on the date one way or another in either direction, but I can say that nothing is going horribly wrong; everything is going horribly right.”
Oculus VR recently confirmed that it is preparing to go ‘full consumer’ with its other HMD, the Gear VR, which is made in partnership with Samsung and runs with the company’s latest smartphones. As for the Oculus Rift, Oculus VR is still showcasing its Crescent Bay prototype for the kit at various events. The latest iteration of the device was first shown off in September 2014 with an OLED display, integrated audio and full position tracking.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.