The release date for VR headsets has been a major talking point as of late, with Valve and HTC seemingly delaying the public release of their Vive headset into April 2016. The one that started it all, Oculus Rift continues to be quiet with exact details, but company founder Palmer Luckey has confirmed that the unit is still set for a Q1 release date in 2016.
The news came via Twitter, where Luckey said “Thrilled to share some news: Manufacturing continues to go well, and we are still on-target for an awesome Rift launch in Q1!” This means that gamers can expect to finally get their hands on VR within the first few months of 2016. Of course, we still don’t have the price details, but those should be coming soon, according to another tweet by Luckey.
Responding to questions about when pre-orders would go up for the Oculus Rift, Luckey said “Preorders are coming soon after new year. Enjoy a stress-free holiday, we won’t launch preorders without warning!” So, if you were worried that you would miss your chance at an Oculus Rift VR headset, worry no longer. While supplies might end up being limited, you’ll at least know when to try to grab one.
As far as what price to expect, most analysts are aiming in the $350-$400 range, which fits with previous comments from Oculus Rift, and their parent company, Facebook.