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"We're getting very close" to a consumer Oculus Rift, says CEO

Matt Gardner
Oculus Rift, VR headsets

"We're getting very close" to a consumer Oculus Rift, says CEO

I'm craving an Oculus Rift. There, I said it. I've been craving one ever since I tried out that Doom 3 demo three Gamescoms ago and almost vomited all over the Koelnmesse. EVE Valkyrie was amazing, the Loading Human proof of concept was mindblowing, and Alien: Isolation made me more terrified than I've ever been. Ever. I'm not alone, either, Brendan waxed lyrical when he went hands on with it,

And now, according to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, the consumer version of the VR headset is merely months away.

Well... "many months". Sigh.

"We’re all hungry for it to happen," said Iribe, speaking at the Web Summit 2014. "We’re getting very close. It’s months, not years away, but many months."

What's clear is that Oculus don't want to put out a product that's defunct in any sort of way. Iribe talked about "disorientation and motion sickness", calling them "the elephant in the room" when talking about VR. The latest version of the Rift is much smoother than the duct-tape-clad prototype I tested back in 2012, but there's still the occasional disconnect between audiovisual senses and what your body is actually doing.

Even so, we'll take those months rather than the years. I still have concerns (as someone who wears spectacles) about image correction -- it's not something that's been terribly effective in DK1 or 2 -- but I absolutely cannot wait for the Rift to arrive. How about you?

If you can't wait months, you can always pick up the Dev Kit 2 version of the headset. Click here for more info on DK2.

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imdurc  Nov. 4, 2014 at 16:42

I very nearly picked up the DK2 recently, but decided to wait. I heard a while back that 2015 was the year Oculus was releasing proper, so, I look forward to it. I just hope it's not next Xmas or something! :)

googleberry  Nov. 5, 2014 at 13:58

This is the true nextgen of gaming...

Excited as hell!

Tsung  Nov. 5, 2014 at 13:59

I'd snap one up this week if they were available, mainly for Elite Dangerous which I can only imagine to be stunning in 3D-O-Vision.

Tried the Rift at the Cambridge Computer Museum and it works well, I wear glasses, and long sighted. So it's all good.. Just get the consumer units done please :)

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