After a few months of silence on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Oculus VR shocked just about everyone today by revealing that the kit would be coming in the first quarter of 2016, with pre-orders opening in the near future. But, despite a launch window reveal and the release of the first images for the kit, there’s still plenty to learn about the consumer Oculus Rift. According to a recent tease from the company, there should be plenty more to see at this year’s E3.
Oculus VR signed off its official blog post that revealed the consumer kit’s launch window by stating: “E3 is just around the corner — this is only the beginning.” No specific plans were revealed for the event but elsewhere in the post the company did mention that it had more to share concerning ‘unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences’. As many will know, E3 is one of the biggest events in the videogame industry’s calendar. Last year alone saw Oculus VR debut one of its first published videogames in Playful Corp.’s Lucky’s Tale as well as a VR compatible demo of Alien: Isolation.
Expect to hear much more on the videogame front of the Oculus Rift at E3 2015 from 16th – 19th June, then. Of course, Oculus VR is invested in plenty of other areas of VR including film, communication and more. Just when the company will start detailing its work in these areas for the consumer version of the kit remains to be seen, though a number of events still remain for the year. The company is yet to announce if its developer conference, Oculus Connect, will be returning for a second year, for example.
VRFocus will be at E3 to bring you all of the latest updates on the Oculus Rift and other HMDs such as Project Morpheus and the HTC Vive.