The wait is finally over: As of 11am EST on Wednesday morning, you can preorder your very own Oculus Rift. The company made the surprise announcement on its blog during CES. No word on pricing or delivery date.
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Expert and analysts expect most people who shill out for a VR headset of their own are likely to be early adopting techies and gamers. Beyond buying the headset itself, you also need to own or buy a PC capable of running Rift’s software.
That combination could set you back $1000 or more.
The gaming community makes the most sense as a starting point for VR technology: Rift is very aware of this, as the Oculus headset comes bundled with the cartoonish platform game Lucky’s Tale, and pre-orderers will be eligible for a free download of EVE: Valkyrie.
Several companies other than Facebook-owned Oculus are eagerly looking to get into the VR and AR (Augmented Reality) industry. Microsoft has clearly planned for the gamespace, with HoloLens being introduced as a game-like platform to shoot aliens and play Minecraft.
While there are several (and arguably better) ways to use Virtual Reality technology,
its most likely to find its first consumer base in gaming. Those first steps are important, but barely a jump-off point for several industries that are set to benefit from the tech; everything from Teaching to Doctors to Mechanics to Makers. That’s why tech giants like Sony and HTC are expected to get into the VR headset game at some point this year.
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is scheduled to head to Reddit for an AMA this Wednesday at 9pm, so fingers crossed, we’ll hopefully learn more about Oculus Rift’s plans and expectations then.