Oculus VR has now confirmed that the consumer version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will launch in the first quarter of 2016. Pre-orders for the headset will start sometime later in 2015. Pricing for the headset was not announced.
The consumer Rift will "build" on the design of the current Crescent Bay developer prototype, according to Oculus, but will include an improved tracking system that allows the headset to be used in both standing and sitting positions. The company released two very dark images of the consumer design on its blog site.
The blog post added:
In the weeks ahead, we'll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift. Next week, we'll share more of the technical specifications here on the Oculus blog.
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey had previously predicted a consumer launch for the Rift in 2015, but in March he backed away from that stance, stating, "I can say that nothing is going horribly wrong. Everything is going horribly right."
Source: Oculus VR