The Wait For A Consumer Oculus Rift Is Now Being Counted In Months
Before we get your hopes up too high, Oculus still has not announced a release date for the Oculus Rift. The company isn’t even confirming that it will be released in 2015, though there are certainly customers ready for that.
Speaking at Web Summit 2014, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe says that the consumer version of the Rift isn’t years away anymore. “We’re all hungry for it to happen. We’re getting very close,” he says. “It’s months, not years away, but many months.”
We had a chance to try the latest feature prototype for the Oculus Rift, Crescent Bay. Iribe told us in September that our experience with that version of the headset was very close to what the company expects to ship for consumers.
“For us, seeing that quality of VR and that sense of presence was the most important thing we’d seen along the way.” Iribe told us about Crescent Bay. “It's only going to get better. Consumer VR will be at least as good or better."
Iribe told us at GDC in March (the week before the Facebook acquisition) that the company wasn’t far away from a consumer model. Now that Oculus isn’t counting in years anymore, it seems reasonable to expect a consumer unit during 2016 at the latest. A 2015 release is possible, but the marketing machine needs to spin up to get as many people experience with the technology as possible.