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Palmer Luckey Set to Hand Deliver First Consumer Rift Today

The first consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) isn’t set to launch until Monday, 28th March 2016, but it appears that one VR believer will be getting their hands on the first piece of kit today. Oculus VR has revealed that Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey will be hand-delivering the first unit to the very first person to pre-order the device when the campaign started up back in January 2016.

Palmer Luckey, Founder at Oculus

VR fan and indie developer Ross Martin will be the recipient, and Luckey is set to hand over the kit in his home town of Anchorage, Alaska. Despite getting it early, Martin won’t actually be able to get onto the Oculus Store and download any of the 30 launch titles until launch day itself, though he at least won’t have to be eagerly awaiting a delivery on the big day itself.

Though the Oculus Rift launches on 28th March, pre-orders are currently backdated all the way until July 2016, so there’s still a long wait in store for many customers. The $599 USD kit will be arriving with an Xbox One controller, Oculus Remote device, Lucky’s Tale and a tracking sensor. Anyone that pre-orders will also get a copy of EVE: Valkyrie. It’s up to consumers, however, to pick up one of the powerful PCs needed to actually run the device.

Expect plenty more coverage on the launch of the Oculus Rift from VRFocus over the next week.