We’ve been jonesing for our own version of the Oculus Rift ever since the buzzy, crowdfunded virtual reality tech was introduced in 2012. Now it’s finally (almost) here.
Oculus Rift announced the final version of the hardware at an E3 event today, and it’s set to hit shelves in the first quarter of 2016. The company showed off the new Oculus Rift headset and confirmed it will ship with an Xbox One controller as part of a new partnership between the companies. Oculus Rift will also work natively on Windows 10 and can also interface with an external camera for tracking.
The Oculus Rift hardware has apparently been improved for the consumer version, including higher-grade materials and a drop in weight (so you won’t break your neck during extended play sessions). Despite the upgrades, the new version is still a wired device, meaning you’ll have to push the cord over your shoulder while playing. Though the Xbox controller makes for a good solution in the interim, Oculus is developing its own motion controller dubbed Oculus Touch, which essentially wraps around your hand and includes an analog stick and some triggers.
As for what you’ll actually be able to play on this virtual reality rig? The launch (or near-launch) titles are set to include the space dogfighting game EVE Valkyrie, an adventure game dubbed Edge of Nowhere (from Insomniac Games, developer of Ratchet & Clank), the third-person adventure game set in an ancient labyrinth Chronos, Damaged Core, VR Sports Challenge, the telekinetic power game Esper, a new version of AirMech, the Gravity-esque game Adrift and the platformer Lucky’s Tale. Of course, there are plenty of in-development games out there that have already announced Oculus Rift support or plans for it, including the massive crowd-funded space game Star Citizen.
The biggest question that remains is exactly how much this long-awaited virtual-reality tech will cost. Sadly, there's no word just yet. But we’d go ahead and guess it’ll be a lot. Current estimates put the number at around $1,500 (which includes a PC to power it). But we don’t know anything official just yet.
Check out the announcement video below, along with some tantalizing game demo footage: