Oculus Rift, the long-awaited virtual reality headset from Facebook -owned company Oculus VR, will start shipping to consumers in the first quarter of 2016, with pre-orders beginning later this year.
Oculus said in the blog post announcing the launch window that the Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, reported PCWorld.
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Oculus VR's blog followed up with more confirmation, noting that the consumer model "builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as a highly refined industrial design, and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit".
Extremely excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping Q1 2016! We can't wait to get it in your hands. pic.twitter.com/TVquKTQJjx— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) May 6, 2015
Oculus Rift certainly will not have the virtual reality market to itself in 2016. Sony is launching its Morpheus VR headset for PlayStation 4 in the first half of that year, having recently shown off a prototype that is close to a final consumer version.
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Apple is also eyeing the virtual reality market, having been awarded a patent for a head-mounted display device which an iPhone slots into, while Google has launched its own Google Cardboard project for build-it-yourself headsets using Android devices.