Oculus says Rift VR headset will ship early next year

We've watched the development of the Oculus Rift ever since its Kickstarter debut in 2012, and we've been waiting with bated breath for a consumer version ever since. Though the wait isn't over yet, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Today, Oculus confirmed that the consumer version of the Rift will be shipping in the first quarter of 2016, and they shared some pictures of the final hardware. Feast your eyes: 

Versus the Crescent Bay prototype Rift, this new version is said to have an improved tracking system that can handle both seated and standing users. Oculus has also refined the Rift's design, and its ergonomics are apparently better, too.

That's all well and good, but we're mostly excited at the prospect of finally being able to buy a Rift. Oculus says pre-orders for the consumer version will begin later this year. The firm plans to release more details regarding the Rift's hardware, software, and the catalog of VR-specific games and "experiences" it has on tap for the headset in the coming weeks.

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