Today is the day that Oculus VR has finally revealed the news that fans have been waiting years for; the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) will be launching in the first quarter of 2016. The news seemingly came out of nowhere, but Oculus VR has quickly spread word around the internet and excitement for the kit is at an all-time high. While plenty of details are still to be revealed, it appears that the company has already teased what the final version of the kit will actually look like with the release of new images.
The images have surfaced at a number of outlets, most recently from the Twitter account of VP of Product Nate Mitchell and the official Oculus VR blog. One is of the front of the device, boasting a sleek black finish. The other shows what appears to be a view of the new Oculus Rift from the bottom, with integrated audio and an over-the-head strap featuring. Sadly, it’s impossible to tell from this shot alone if any new features will make it into the retail version of the device, which itself is based off of the Crescent Bay prototype. Along with the audio improvements, said prototype also brought about full 360 degree positional tracking and a new two-screen system.
Oculus VR hasn’t mentioned a more specific release date for the Oculus Rift, nor has it offered any hint as to what the final price tag may come to. The Q1 2016 release pits it just behind the holiday 2015 launch of Valve and HTC’s PC-based HMD, the Vive. It’s possible, though, that the Oculus Rift will beat its other rival, the PlayStation 4-based Project Morpheus, to market with its estimated Q1/Q2 2016 launch. Either way, there’s an exciting year of major announcements still to go before VR fans have the full picture.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on its consumer launch.