Virtual reality is the future, and the future is coming sooner than expected. The release date for the Oculus Rift might be announced tomorrow during The Video Game Awards 2015.
The Oculus Rift by Oculus VR is probably the highest profile gadget when it comes to virtual reality, the next big thing that will hit the entertainment industry. Although prepared for gaming, virtual reality already has entered the collective consciousness as a product that will revolutionize the way we watch movies, concerts or TV shows, and everyone is eagerly awaiting the moment the Oculus finally makes a public release as an official product anyone can walk into a store and buy. Turns out, the Oculus VR team implied this might happen sooner than later, as they recently announced that a very special announcement would be happening at the Game Awards 2015, which will take place tomorrow (December 3rd), and no one on the internet can imagine what this could be except an official announcement and release date.
As of now, the company has not announced any details or official dates for the Oculus Rift, or even a price point, but rumors and speculation have been going on for a while saying the boom of Virtual Reality will take place throughout 2016, with Samsung, PlayStation, THC, Valve and many others releasing their own devices. The Oculus Rift had been available for developers and enthusiasts, but the company sold out and now everyone is waiting for the official release. Still, if we speculate based on Palmer Luckey’s tweet below, the announcement might be happening really, really soon.
Really cool announcement happening at The Game Awards! (Not preorders opening)
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) November 30, 2015
The first consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset had started production back in October, according to industry insiders, but no one can say for sure how many are being made, or even how big the demand for this will be at launch as this is a completely new technology. Surely we will hear all about it at tomorrow’s event. Other rumors speculate that the Oculus Rift headset will be priced $350 USD at least, or that it might come in the first quarter of 2016, which all seem plausible, but as of now it’s not certain at all.
At the pace the VR industry is going, if the Oculus VR team want to beat everyone to the punch, they need to announce the official date pretty soon, and what’s even more – start taking preorders. The market and consumers seem ready for everything to happen, the technology is already here, so all that is left is to be able to just walk into a store or go online to purchase our favorite headsets. We will let you know the details after the announcement happens at the Game Awards tomorrow, but we think it’s reasonable to get hyped.