Oculus Rift Consumer Version Updates and Release Date: Set Release on April 2015?
By Princess Love
There's been a race when it comes to virtual-reality (VR) eye wear recently; there's Google with Google Glass 2 (which is a bit silent recently), there's the shocking reveal of a HoloLens from Microsoft and of course the Oculus Rift from social media giant, Facebook (we'll it's really Oculus VR (Company) but is acquired by Facebook, so I consider it Facebook's)
According to Oculus VR, they are going to release the consumer version of Oculus Rift this coming April-if all goes well.
Tech Radar's Hugh Langley said Oculus VR is going to release the consumer version of Oculus Rift April 2015. According to Hugh Langley, "The company is planning to roll out a public beta for the headset as early as April 2015. One source told us that April 2015 had been set as a release target, but added that Oculus may push this back to the summer as the plans were still not entirely nailed down. The company will be dealing with distribution internally, with only a pre-determined number of headsets to be made available for the initial launch phase. Apparently Oculus wants to gauge interest with both consumers and retailers before making its headset fully available to everyone, hence the limited launch."
According to Palmer Luckey (Co-Founder of Oculus VR) the consumer version of Oculus Rift is said to have better specs than that of the beta version, because it is no longer using the dev kit "DK2", Luckey also added that the consumer version's resolution is higher over the DK2's 1080p, with a refresh rate of 90HZ.
Oculus VR founders, Palmer Luckey and Nate Mitchell expressed their desire for the device to stay within the $200-$400 price range; however the current DK2 model is at $350 according to Game Rant.
It is also exciting for movie addicts out there to know that Oculus VR has recently released Oculus Story Studio which will released animated stories exclusive to the Oculus Rift, the first one to be released this year is the animated story called "Lost".