It’s not too much longer now until the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) hits the market. The kit is due to launch in the first quarter of 2016, with plenty of unrevealed information to be announced between now and that time. The company will be showcasing the consumer version of the device at an event in San Francisco tomorrow, 11th June, but a student at Stanford University in California has reportedly already sampled the kit and bestowed it with high praise.
CS PhD student Andrej Karpathy recently took to Twitter to tease his time with the device: “Holy crap just tried out oculus consumer release candidate hardware (due on early 2016),” he said. “Supermazing. Instant buy when it comes out.” It’s not clear exactly how Karpathy got his hands on the device, but it’s important to note that Stanford University itself sits next to Menlo Park, the area in which Oculus VR moved its headquarters to earlier this year and also houses the offices of its parent company, Facebook. It’s certainly encouraging to hear such positive impressions about the device this early on.
Yesterday saw a number of image leaks spin out of a new Oculus VR website. Founder Palmer Luckey has already branded some of these shots as ‘ancient’, but they do showcase some intriguing features such as a remote-like controller with a circular surface and three buttons as well as a front-mounted camera on the kit itself. Just which of these pictures are still relevant will be revealed at tomorrow’s event, which kicks off at 10:00 PT. Oculus VR is expected to talk about the kit in great detail before heading to E3 in Los Angeles next week.
VRFocus will continue to follow both Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with the latest updates.