The first images of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift have popped up at a number of outlets including the Twitter account of VP of product Nate Mitchell and the official Oculus blog. It has also been revealed that the consumer version will ship in Q1 of 2016!
The images show that the front of the device will have a nice black finish. The second photo shows a view of the unit from the bottom with the integrated audio and over-the-head strap.
From the Oculus blog:
“Since the earliest days of the Oculus Kickstarter, the Rift has been shaped by gamers, backers, developers, and enthusiasts around the world. Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year.
The Rift delivers on the dream of consumer VR with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality. It’s a system designed by a team of extremely passionate gamers, developers, and engineers to reimagine what gaming can be.
rift2 A first look at what the world can expect in Q1 2016
The Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as a highly refined industrial design, and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit.
rift1 A peek inside the Oculus Rift
In the weeks ahead, we’ll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift. Next week, we’ll share more of the technical specifications here on the Oculus blog.
Virtual reality is going to transform gaming, film, entertainment, communication, and much more. If you’re interested in building a next-generation VR game or application, everything you need to start developing for the Rift is available at the Oculus Developer Center.
E3 is just around the corner — this is only the beginning.
– The Oculus Team”
The Q1 2016 release date is of course after the holiday season, maybe we could see the launch at CES in January? Holiday 2015 will bring with it the launch of Valve and HTC’s Vibe. Expect to see more information on the Oculus Rift released at E3.