Oculus Rift Could Hit the Consumer Market by Summer 2015
Rumor has it that the public beta version of Oculus Rift might be released to the consumer market in the summer of 2015. Several unknown sources with inside information told TechRadar that a consumer version kit will become available in a limited beta program by 2015, at the same time period Windows 9 “Threshold” is scheduled. According to the report, the stock will be launched in limited quantities and will be internally distributed by the company.
Initially, the VR headsets will be available in a short supply and it will only be renewed in response to retailers and consumers’ demands. If the feedback is positive, the VR headsets will go full retail. However, as it is the famous Oculus Rift VR headset with millions of fans out there in the world who are patiently waiting for the device to show up in the market, we can expect an acute shortage of the product as soon as it hits the market.
Not long ago, a recently designed Developer Kit 2 of the Oculus Rift was pre-ordered by more than 45,000 customers and was shipped to the buyers in July, 2014. After the new Developer Kit 2, the team of Oculus VR expressed that they will modify and improve the visual clarity and tweak positional tracking latency before releasing the headset to the public. The current Developer Kit 2 is $350 and has a tiny integrated camera. We still do not know the exact price of the consumer version. Oculus VR co-founder, Nate Mitchell, have predicted the cost to be between $200 and $400 a piece which means the consumer version may be slightly cheaper.
The news has caused a lot of buzz and for all the right reasons! At CES 2013, Oculus Rift amazed the people by offering a spectacular experience and now we can’t just wait to get our hands on the awesome device. Sadly, there has been no direct word from Oculus VR and it seems they won’t be spilling the beans anytime soon. The company didn’t provide any comments to TechRadar and Tom’s Hardware. Even though, sated by anonymous sources, let’s hope we will be seeing the VR headsets in April, 2015.
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