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Oculus Rift to finally begin shipping in early 2016

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:59PM EST
Oculus Rift Release Date
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Nearly three years after the original Kickstarter campaign came to a close, we finally have an official release window for the Oculus Rift. The team at Oculus VR took to their blog on Tuesday night to announce that the final version of the Oculus Rift will begin shipping to consumers in Q1 2016.

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“The [consumer version of 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, as well as a highly refined industrial design, and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit,” the development team notes.

Over the next several weeks, Oculus VR will reveal even more about the device’s hardware, software, inputs and the games that will run on the virtual reality display. The team also wants to point developers in the direction of the Oculus Developer Center, where they’ll find everything they need to know in order to begin developing their own VR projects.

The team also alludes to the fact that E3 2015 is coming up soon — we wouldn’t be shocked to hear more details about the retail release in June. And don’t forget, we’ll be on hand in Los Angeles for E3 again this year, so be sure to keep a browser tab parked on for all the latest.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.