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Oculus Hosting Research Study Next Month, Offering $400 Gift Card

While Oculus VR is releasing major virtual reality (VR) products this year in the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Oculus Touch controllers, the company is also committed to the long-term future of the technology and the products it will release in the years to come. Back in 2014 the group set up Oculus Research to look into advancing VR and this week it’s been revealed the Oculus VR will soon be hosting a research study for which it is now looking for applicants to take part in.

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Various members of the Oculus VR Subreddit have claimed to have received an email from the company about the study, which Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey himself has confirmed to be real.

The email reads: “We hope you might be interested in participating in an upcoming Oculus research study!

“We are looking for people 21 years or older to participate in a 6-hour research study on February 9, 10, 11th, or 15th. The study will take place in your home and will be conducted by 2 researchers from the Oculus Research team. To thank you for your time, you’ll receive a $400 Visa gift card if you are selected to participate.

“If you are interested in participating, please complete this brief 3 minute survey as soon as possible!”

It’s not clear exactly what Oculus VR will be looking for here, nor what people will need to take part. It could be that the test will involve the use of the second development kit for the Oculus Rift (DK2). It’s important to note that the dates are well over a month before the launch of the consumer version of the device, pre-orders for which are now open. Could the results of this survey impact the launch of the Oculus Rift in March?

Keep reading VRFocus for the latest on the Oculus Rift and Oculus VR.