Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Begin Later This Year, VR Device Ships Early 2016

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The Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has announced that its headset, the Oculus Rift, is almost ready to go.

You'll be able to pre-order an Oculus Rift later this year and the device will ship early next year. The finished consumer edition "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."

The announcement from Oculus, while exciting, is a bit vague.

"The Rift delivers on the dream of consumer VR with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality. It’s a system designed by a team of extremely passionate gamers, developers, and engineers to reimagine what gaming can be," says the company.

No word on whether or not the Oculus Rift will ship with its own platform to run the VR device, or if users will need a third-party system to run it – but "full ecosystem" sounds promising.

Also no word on games or other software at ship time, just a promise to reveal more information in the weeks ahead. "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," says Oculus.

Also no word on final price. Oculus has previously stated that it would like to keep it somewhere between $200 and $400.

Above is what the first generation of Oculus Rift looks like. The company says it's going to transform gaming, film, communications, and more. Communication? That's likely Facebook's hand in this. You knew it would be somewhere.

Josh Wolford
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