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Luckey: ‘We won’t be launching Rift preorders’ at Oculus Connect

It’s the day before Oculus VR’s big developer conference, Oculus Connect 2. The show is set to take place from 23rd – 25th September 2015 in the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California. Everyone from virtual reality (VR) developers to fans are expecting some big announcements at the event, particularly from CEO Brendan Iribe’s keynote speech on the morning of 24th September. Updates on both the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) are promised for the talk, but one thing that won’t be launched is pre-orders for the anticipated device.

Oculus Rift consumer headset

Oculus VR founder and Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey recently took to Reddit to confirm as much. “To cut to the chase: We won’t be launching Rift preorders during the show, so don’t wear out your F5 key while you are watching the keynote!” Luckey warned. “I would not normally make this kind of post, especially since it is not really news or a change in plan (I publicly talked about this with several media outlets as early as E3 and Gamescom), but I want to make sure nobody is disappointed or surprised.

“Connect is a developer show first, enthusiast show second, consumer show third. There will be some consumer-facing announcements, but all in the context of their relevance to developers and the growing VR ecosystem. We will be announcing and co-announcing some really cool stuff,” the designer concluded.

Oculus VR has previously confirmed that it will be launching a pre-order campaign for the Oculus Rift, which is due to launch in the first quarter of 2016. Despite this announcement, there’s still plenty to learn about the device; neither the final price nor launch date for the Oculus Rift has yet been revealed. But, as Luckey said, Oculus Connect 2 is a developer event first and foremost; will the company really be making its big announcements here, or will it save them for another time?

VRFocus is at Oculus Connect 2 and will be bringing you all of the latest updates from the event.