The much-hyped virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift, has finally been announced for consumer purchase, due to release in Q1 of 2016 with pre-orders later this year.
The Facebook-owned virtual reality company have come a long way since there first Kickstarter campaign in August 2012 when they substantially passed their goal in under 24 hours. Since our first look at the Rift 3 years ago, developer-only versions of the headset have been everywhere. We've seen so much of the device it's easy to forget that it hasn't been available for consumer purchase.
Not only is the Rift an exciting technological prospect, the looks are pretty special as well, the design is subtle, styled in a sleek matte black with what Oculus is calling a “highly refined industrial design”.
Oculus will be building the Rift based on the most recent developer version - the Crescent Bay prototype. The same headset that wowed attendees at this years CES and got fans pumped for the day the headset would be available to the public.
Keep an eye out at this years E3 for details around hardware, software and VR games. No price point has been set by Oculus yet, but it's expected to be around the $300 (£200) mark, making it an attractive option for consumers captured by the excitement of VR. Sony’s official PS4 peripheral, Project Morpheus, is also set for an early 2016 release, which makes healthy competition for Oculus and sets up 2016 as the year of virtual reality.
Here's what Oculus had to say about the release.