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Facebook: ‘very early’ to Discuss Shipping Oculus Rift

Valve and HTC are planning to ship a consumer version of the Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) by the end of the year, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has attached a Q1/Q2 2016 release for its Project Morpheus kit and Samsung and Oculus VR have suggested that a consumer version of the Gear VR is on the way soon. That’s three major HMDs with release windows but the Oculus Rift, considered to be the device responsible for VR’s recent revival, is still yet to see its own launch date. Fans may be hoping for news of that launch soon but, according to Oculus VR owner Facebook, that shouldn’t hold their breath.

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As reported by Gamasutra, Facebook CFO David Wehner recently stated that it was ‘very early’ to be discussing large-scale shipments of the anticipated HMD. “We have not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus,” Wehner said in response to an analyst question during a recent Facebook earning’s call. “Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it’s very early to be talking about large shipment volumes.”

This statement was later followed by one from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that largely repeated Wehner’s comments: “So we have not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus,” Zuckerberg said. “I just note that Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it’s early to be talking about large shipment volumes, and our expense guidance reflects any volumes that we might do in 2015.

Oculus VR debuted the latest prototype version of the Oculus Rift, dubbed Crescent Bay, at its Oculus Connect development conference in September 2014. Since that time both the company and Facebook have avoided making comments about a possible 2015 launch for the consumer version of the kit. VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.